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Studio portrait of Obersturmführer Karl Höcker

Obersturmführer Karl Höcker, June 21, 1944.

Karl Höcker, adjutant to the commandant of Auschwitz, kept a photograph album. The album includes both documentation of official visits and ceremonies at Auschwitz as well as more personal photographs depicting the many social activities that he and other members of the Auschwitz camp staff enjoyed. These rare images show Nazis singing, hunting, and even trimming a Christmas tree. They provide a chilling contrast to the photographs of thousands of Hungarian Jews deported to Auschwitz at the same time.


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Obersturmführer Karl Höcker, June 21, 1944. [LCID: 34580]