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Rudolf Hoss has been called the greatest mass murderer in history. As the longest-serving commandant of Auschwitz, he supervised the killing of more than 1.1 million people. Unlike many of his Nazi colleagues who denied either knowing about or participating in the Holocaust, Hoss remorselessly admitted, both at the Nuremberg war crimes trial and in his memoirs, that he sen Rudolf Hoss has been called the greatest mass murderer in history. As the longest-serving commandant of Auschwitz, he supervised the killing of more than 1.1 million people. Unlike many of his Nazi colleagues who denied either knowing about or participating in the Holocaust, Hoss remorselessly admitted, both at the Nuremberg war crimes trial and in his memoirs, that he sent hundreds of thousands of Jews to their deaths in the gas chambers, frankly describing the killing process. His "innovations" included the use of hydrogen cyanide (derived from the pesticide Zyklon B) in the camp's gas chambers. Hoss lent his name to the 1944 operation that gassed 430,000 Hungarian Jews in 56 days, exceeding the capacity of the Auschwitz's crematoria. This biography follows Hoss throughout his life, from his childhood through his Nazi command and eventual reckoning at Nuremberg. Using historical records and Hoss' autobiography, it explores the life and mind of one of history's most notorious and sadistic individuals.


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Rudolf Hoss has been called the greatest mass murderer in history. As the longest-serving commandant of Auschwitz, he supervised the killing of more than 1.1 million people. Unlike many of his Nazi colleagues who denied either knowing about or participating in the Holocaust, Hoss remorselessly admitted, both at the Nuremberg war crimes trial and in his memoirs, that he sen Rudolf Hoss has been called the greatest mass murderer in history. As the longest-serving commandant of Auschwitz, he supervised the killing of more than 1.1 million people. Unlike many of his Nazi colleagues who denied either knowing about or participating in the Holocaust, Hoss remorselessly admitted, both at the Nuremberg war crimes trial and in his memoirs, that he sent hundreds of thousands of Jews to their deaths in the gas chambers, frankly describing the killing process. His "innovations" included the use of hydrogen cyanide (derived from the pesticide Zyklon B) in the camp's gas chambers. Hoss lent his name to the 1944 operation that gassed 430,000 Hungarian Jews in 56 days, exceeding the capacity of the Auschwitz's crematoria. This biography follows Hoss throughout his life, from his childhood through his Nazi command and eventual reckoning at Nuremberg. Using historical records and Hoss' autobiography, it explores the life and mind of one of history's most notorious and sadistic individuals.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Team Golfwell

    I felt the book, “Architect of Death at Auschwitz: A Biography of Rudolf Höss” was written by a brilliant writer, John Pimomo, and the author presents a highly accurate biography of the life of Höss as well as a detailed and profoundly serious analysis of the man and the horrors he committed all of which are extensively researched and fully referenced. In my opinion, I believe this scholarly writer has created a highly insightful book and an exceptional and extremely valuable historical work tha I felt the book, “Architect of Death at Auschwitz: A Biography of Rudolf Höss” was written by a brilliant writer, John Pimomo, and the author presents a highly accurate biography of the life of Höss as well as a detailed and profoundly serious analysis of the man and the horrors he committed all of which are extensively researched and fully referenced. In my opinion, I believe this scholarly writer has created a highly insightful book and an exceptional and extremely valuable historical work that is informative and factual along with an accurate and deep analysis of Höss. I believe the author’s intelligent analysis is very relevant today to raise much-needed awareness of the devastation and the heartless killing that man can do. As it is pointed out at the beginning of the book, “The painful memory of the Holocaust must be recalled and experienced no matter how many years pass. Simon Weisenthal, a Holocaust survivor who dedicated his life after the war to tracking down and gathering information on fugitive Nazi war criminals, said: ‘For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing.’ Even a ‘grocery clerk’ or farmer can kill millions if given the power.” I felt this book is essential to understanding and recognizing evil growing and existing in the world, and a book that should be read, discussed and studied to prevent future occurrences of the unthinkable horrors people can create. I also believe the author has put together a highly accurate, comprehensive, and close-up view of this mass murderer from his loveless childhood to his later execution. It is a book that I feel should be studied, read, and re-read several times to gain the ability to recognize evil supremacy in the world and to not let atrocities ever occur again. Very well done and highly recommended!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mili Das

    Time flows, it changes every day, time can change everything but still some scars remain. Some scars just don't go away, no matter how much you try, you can’t get rid of them - Holocaust is the greatest scar on mankind. I think Holocaust is the most disgraceful and horrific scar of human history. Racism was at its most notorious form and the human race put itself at the highest peak of menace , when it stooped down to Holocaust. When gruesome acts are perpetrated by a very large number of educat Time flows, it changes every day, time can change everything but still some scars remain. Some scars just don't go away, no matter how much you try, you can’t get rid of them - Holocaust is the greatest scar on mankind. I think Holocaust is the most disgraceful and horrific scar of human history. Racism was at its most notorious form and the human race put itself at the highest peak of menace , when it stooped down to Holocaust. When gruesome acts are perpetrated by a very large number of educated civilized people, including the leader of a nation, just to hold onto power, behaving with fellow countrymen like animals in cages, thinking that racism is a great way to establish best humans on earth’s soil, demolishing other humans' rights, when erasing people shows up as a noble act to mankind, then this is the greatest scar of human history. The book Architect of Death at Auschwitz: A Biography of Rudolf Hoss is about that era. Architect of Death at Auschwitz: A Biography of Rudolf Hoss. Written by John W. Primomo who is a retired United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio. He served for Texas, 29 years as a United States Magistrate Judge, in the Western District. This book is a biography of Rudolf Hoss. He was known as the greatest mass murderer in history. As the longest-serving commandant of Auschwitz, he supervised the killing of more than 1.1 million people. Unlike many of his Nazi colleagues who denied either knowing about or participating in the Holocaust, Hoss remorselessly admitted, both at the Nuremberg war crimes trial and in his memoirs, that he sent hundreds of thousands of Jews to their deaths in the gas chambers, frankly describing the killing process. His "innovations" included the use of hydrogen cyanide (derived from the pesticide Zyklon B) in the camp's gas chambers. Hoss lent his name to the 1944 operation that gassed 430,000 Hungarian Jews in 56 days, exceeding the capacity of the Auschwitz's crematoria. And he described this as his greatest achievement. This biography follows Hoss throughout his life, from his childhood through his Nazi command and eventual reckoning at Nuremberg. Using historical records and Hoss' autobiography, it explores the life and mind of one of history's most notorious and sadistic individuals. This book revealed all the truth about Auschwitz and other camps. With great efficiency, the author has ripped the director of Auschwitz Rudolf Hoss’s mind brilliantly. In every chapter John W. Primomo discloses Hoss in Holocaust survivors' own words. This book is an excellently written history which serves both, the predator and the survivor’s journey in the same paragraph. In every chapter the author gives us a paragraph from Hoss’s own written words and then, the real truth from Death Camp survivors, Primo Levi and some more survivors, army men of US who saw death camps and Hoss’s so called ‘inmates’, officer Hanns' report -everything that could reveal Hoss’s propaganda that he wrote in his autobiography. On November 25, 1944 Himmler ordered that the gas chambers and crematoria areas at Auschwitz be demolished and Hoss escaped by changing identity. He flew to avoid prosecution for the crimes he perpetrated; Hoss became a fugitive after the war. He became a farmer living in a barn.When officer Hanns captured him, he pretended to be a lower level worker for SS and not responsible for what the German superintendent did in the death camp. This book is a shocking and powerful insight into how the Nazis broke the human mind and body, psychologically and then physically. It’s really fascinating for me that they practiced psychology to break other humans. They made a full guide, with step by step details, on how to kill people by not only gassing them, but through other ways also.The chilling description of camp work will make it hard to believe for you that the authority figures were fellow humans and that they did this for the sake of mankind, even naming it the "Final Solution".The author says "as time passes since the Holocaust fewer survivors remain to bear witness to the terrible events.The crimes committed at Auschwitz were so horrific and so extensive that many people after WWII including Jews did not believe the stories of survivors. The sheer magnitude and horror of the tragedy are simply too impossible for some people to believe." And this book will shock them, not only them but everybody. Writing style is so gripping and fluent. Step by step, the author executes lines from Hoss’s biography and makes his lies visible by putting in lines from survivors' books, which is a great effort, I admit. All the descriptions about life in Auschwitz and other concentration camps is as usually expected - horrible, disturbing - you can’t read it continually. The writing is brilliant and pacy but you can't tolerate all these brutal details; you have to put down the book for a while. I would recommend this book to every history lover and nonfiction lover. A well written informative book. I will rate this book 5 out of five stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    I actually tried for this book as my husband and daughter are both very big into anything related to WWII. My husband has read a lot of books, watches the history channel and has DVDs about WWII. Therefore, I was very excited to have won an autographed copy (which even came with a personalized note) of this book. My husband is currently reading the book and as stated, he has a lot of background when it comes to anything about the great war. He told me that there is information in this book that I actually tried for this book as my husband and daughter are both very big into anything related to WWII. My husband has read a lot of books, watches the history channel and has DVDs about WWII. Therefore, I was very excited to have won an autographed copy (which even came with a personalized note) of this book. My husband is currently reading the book and as stated, he has a lot of background when it comes to anything about the great war. He told me that there is information in this book that he had never heard about before. That has to be the best praise I could possibly give this book and the author. Thank you Mr. Primomo for selecting me to receive your book so I could share this with my family.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wrage

    FYI: I won this book on goodreads.com. Difficult to read in text and content, but what information I gained. If you want to know, read this book. Heartbreaking.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Diona Sixpence

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Ketaki

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