In , a photo album created by Höcker came to the attention of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; the. The album belonged to Karl Höcker, the adjutant to the final camp commandant at Auschwitz, Richard Baer. Höcker took the pictures as. Picture from Karl Hoecker album. Author: SS photo. Foreground (from the left): Richard Baer, the third and the last commandant of KL Auschwitz; Dr Josef.

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Nine stories about my man in Rapidan. SS photo Opening of SS hospital. After the war, Hoecker went back to his bank job. Finding comfort at Auschwitz: This page was last edited on 11 Novemberat Josef Mengeleknown to camp prisoners as the “Angel of Death.

The museum obtained the photos from a retired US Army intelligence officer, who came across the album in an apartment in Frankfurt and has now given them to the museum. Although it undoubtedly romanticises for cinema, it is supposed to narrate some version of the true story of Solomon Perel, a German Jew whose ability to adapt combined with the most extraordinary luck allows him to survive the war while, of the rest of his family, only his brother makes it through the holocaust.

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In summer of SS staff counted 4 SS-men. Picture from Karl Hoecker album Author: They were, in short, people. I just thought I’d pop in and mention it, in case you hadn’t seen or heard of it? Rediscovered in the Imperial War Museum in it was broadcast for the first time.

They believed that what they were doing was for the good and welfare of their own people.

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Albuk — a room for SS-men where they could rest after a hard day of work in the camp. Many rich with a vibrant Jewish community – part of the community as a whole. After looking through it though, I was suddenly reminded of a film I saw some time ago – Europa Europa Agnieszka Holland, – so just before Xmas I hired it to watch again. Any factual error or typo?


Höcker Album

So we get fragments, silences, dead air for much of it – making it perhaps one of the most poignant and effective descriptions of the horror that was found – heightened by the obvious anger and outrage that is in the script from It covers the periods from both before and after World War II and earlier in a few places.

In all, the album contains eight photographs in which Mengele appears. Their evil was banal, but all the more dangerous and horrific because they were not acting outside the norms of society, but carrying out societies wishes.

He took up gardening in his spare time, and became the chief cashier of the regional bank hooecker Lubbecke, only losing his during the pre-trial investigations for the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial, in which he was a defendant.

But in he was forced to answer to charges for his role at Auschwitz at a trial in Frankfurt. All the while, a few short miles away – these men and women commuting daily to their duties – the production line carnage, suffering and death of Auschwitz carried on – efficient and well ordered. Historical pictures and documents Memorial Exhibits Work of the Museum Art of camp and postcamp period Historical collection.

This first page shows Hoecker, right, with the commandant Richard Baer. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. After the war, he worked for years, unrecognized, in a bank.

Helferinnen, in wool skirts and cotton blouses, listen to the accordion and eat blueberries, which Karl Hoecker had served to them. One of camp offices Author: While accounts from survivors and other SS alnum all but placed him there, prosecutors could locate no conclusive evidence to prove the claim. I’m tumbling, tumbling tummbblliiinnnnggggg. He regained his job as a Chief Cashier of the regional bank in Lubbecke.

They weighed the facts that he had been a model citizen after the war, had voluntarily asked for denazification inand they could only find proof that karp had been a desktop functionary.

Laughing at Auschwitz – SS auxiliaries poses at a resort for Auschwitz personnel, 1942

And that’s why these pictures are so important. An outstanding treatment of the subject. Finally, perhaps, what could be more mundane than a bank teller keeping tally of the horrific day to day work and “productivity” of Auschwitz: He married inhad a daughter in and, in Octobera son.


The SS albmu service involved wreath laying, lots of albu, and a military honor guard. Picture taken during the war. He was released in and was able to return to his bank post as a chief cashier, where he worked until his retirement. Best howcker for a Creative New Year in ! SS officer Karl Hoecker and some women relax on lounge chairs on a deck in Solahuette I also recently read Michael Chambon’s humorous yet thought provoking “detective” novel The Yiddish Policeman’s Unionin which an alternate Jewish history evolves.

Thoughts on photography and what inspires it – books, poetry, film, art. His father, a bricklayer, died in the First World War, leaving his family impoverished. This officer discovered the photo album in an apartment there, and when he returned to the United States, he brought the album with him. But, who were these people that carried out genocide so lightly? After the war, he worked for years, unrecognized, in a bank. Early in the s he was apprehended by West German authorities in his hometown, where he was a bank official.

I saw these pictures of the SS Guards from Auschwitz “off duty” last year some time. Twelve SS auxiliaries sit happily on a fence railing eating blueberries given to them by an SS officer. When the girls finish theatrically eating their blueberries for the camera, one girl poses with fake tears and an inverted bowl. Josef Mengele was, at the time of this photograph, continuing to select “specimens” for his medical experiments from among the newly arriving transports of Hungarian Jews. When that camp was liberated by American troops, in April, Hoecker and Baer followed the advice of Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, which was that SS officers insinuate themselves among the troops, in the hope of being taken for ordinary soldiers.