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The Commandant

Rudolph Hoess

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-677-5
Trim Size: 4 1/2 x 7 1/2

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Rudolf Hoess was the notorious Commandant of Auschwitz. Imprisoned and awaiting execution after the war, Hoess wrote a long memoir, a self-serving account of his life and approaches to management. The amoral sensibility Hoess displayed regarding all that went on in the charnal factory where the industrialization of death was practiced—where probably 3 million people were literally worked to death, shot or quickly gassed—is still almost beyond belief today.

Jurg Amann has taken Hoess' text and produced a work imaginatively new, always using Hoess' own words; The Commandant is a book Hoess would certainly not have approved—an excruciating insight into Hitler's Final Solution and the nature of evil itself through the prism of the Nazis' totalitarian system, one Hoess and so many others felt no requirement to question. Ian Buruma's introduction sets this frightening work within a both moral and historical context.

Praise for The Commandant:

"Its brevity makes it no less stomach churning. The monolog describes Hoess's rise in the SS directly under Heinrich Himmler's tutelage and shows Himmler as the most brutally efficient of functionaries, so vile and so lacking human sensibilities as to be in danger of being rendered as a cartoon character." —Library Journal

Rudolf Hoess (1900–1947) was the commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp. He was found guilty of murder and executed by hanging at Auschwitz on April 16, 1947.
Jurg Amann was born in Switzerland in 1947, and his writings include plays, poetry, essays, and literary criticism. He has received the Ingeborg Bachman, the Conrad Ferdinand Meyer, and the Schiller Prize.

Ian Buruma writes about a broad range of political and cultural subjects, most frequently for
The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He lives in New York. He is the recipient of the international Erasmus Prize and the Shorenstein Journalism Award, and he was twice voted one of the Top 100 Public Intellectuals by Foreign Policy/Prospect.

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