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Hoess affidavit

Affidavit signed by Rudolf Hoess attesting to the gassing of Jews while he was the commandant of the Auschwitz killing center. The German text reads: "I declare herewith under oath that in the years 1941 to 1943 during my tenure in office as commandant of Auschwitz Concentration Camp 2 million Jews were put to death by gassing and a 1/2 million by other means. Rudolf Hoess. May 14, 1946." The confession is also signed by Josef Maier of the US Chief of Counsel's office. A photoreproduction of the original document is on display on the third floor of the Permanent Exhibition at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.


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  • US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Joseph Maier
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Hoess affidavit [LCID: 2005zfer]