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Rudolf Höss Ends First Command of Auschwitz

Rudolf Höss

Rudolf Franz Ferdinand Höss (Höß, Hoess) officially ends his first command of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Over the past three and a half years, he has expanded what was a small site into a large, sprawling complex with thousands of inmates.

He had previously served in Dachau and Sachsenhausen but was determined to transform Auschwitz into the most efficient killing center possible. This he achieved, creating a system capable of killing up to 10,000 people in a single 24-hour period.

Rudolf Höss is replaces by Arthur Liebehenschel, but he will be brought back to command Auschwitz once again on May 8, 1944, in order to supervise the extermination of the Hungarian Jews. Known as Aktion Höss, 430,000 Hungarian Jews are killed in just 56 days.


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