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Please note the important related informational links following the sobering 21 minute video:

“…………Soviet troops enter Auschwitz, Poland, freeing the survivors of the network of concentration camps—and finally revealing to the world the depth of the horrors perpetrated there.

Auschwitz was really a group of camps, designated I, II, and III. There were also 40 smaller “satellite” camps. It was at Auschwitz II, at Birkenau, established in October 1941, that the SS created a complex, monstrously orchestrated killing ground: 300 prison barracks; four “bathhouses” in which prisoners were gassed; corpse cellars; and cremating ovens. Thousands of prisoners were also used for medical experiments overseen and performed by the camp doctor, Josef Mengele, the “Angel of Death…………”- http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/soviets-liberate-auschwitz

Holocaust- The Liberation Of Auschwitz - youtube.com/watch?v=rcOqDyuzk9U

Source of the above video – MrReznik76 - youtube.com/channel/UCs76IIUpZ_xGi0qXw03xEmQ

Directly related to the above:

The Nazi Commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp:

Pic or German Nazi Rudolf Höss in detention. He was the commandant of the Auscwitz Concentration Camp where an estimated 1 million people were exterminated. He was executed by hanging for his crimes against humanity. Pic source - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_H%C3%B6ss

Pic or German Nazi Rudolf Höss in detention. He was the commandant of the Auschwitz Concentration (extermination) Camp where an estimated one (1) million plus, people were exterminated. He was executed by hanging for his crimes against humanity. Pic source – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_H%C3%B6ss

Rudolf Höss - en.wikipedia.org

Excerpt:

………From 4 May 1940 to November 1943, and again from 8 May 1944 to 18 January 1945, he was the commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp, where it is estimated that more than a million people were killed. He was hanged in 1947 following a trial in Warsaw…………

………Höss was born in Baden-Baden into a strict Catholic family…………

……..Höss began turning against religion in his early teens after an episode in which, he said, his priest broke the Seal of the Confessional by telling his father about an event at school that Höss had described during confession……….

…………………………Höss experimented with various gassing methods. According to Eichmann’s 1961 trial testimony, Höss told him that he used cotton filters soaked in sulfuric acid in early killings. Höss later introduced hydrogen cyanide (prussic acid), produced from the pesticide Zyklon B, to the killing process, after his deputy Karl Fritzsch tested it on a group of Russian prisoners in 1941. With Zyklon B, he said that it took 3–15 minutes for the victims to die and that “we knew when the people were dead because they stopped screaming”…………..

……………Höss wrote his autobiography while awaiting execution; it was published in 1958 as Kommandant in Auschwitz; autobiographische Aufzeichnungen and later as Death Dealer: the Memoirs of the SS Kommandant at Auschwitz (among other editions)……………..

……….Four days before he was executed, Höss acknowledged the enormity of his crimes in a message to the state prosecutor:

“My conscience compels me to make the following declaration. In the solitude of my prison cell I have come to the bitter recognition that I have sinned gravely against humanity. As Commandant of Auschwitz I was responsible for carrying out part of the cruel plans of the ‘Third Reich’ for human destruction. In so doing I have inflicted terrible wounds on humanity. I caused unspeakable suffering for the Polish people in particular. I am to pay for this with my life. May the Lord God forgive one day what I have done.”

Shortly before his execution Höss returned to the Catholic Church. On April 10, 1947, he received the sacrament of penance from Fr. Władysław Lohn, S.J., provincial of the Polish Province of the Society of Jesus. On the next day the same priest administered to him Holy Communion as Viaticum………. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_H%C3%B6ss

Also related:

More related links:

Evil – The age old question: “If there is a God and he is good – why does he allow evil?” - thechristianmessage.org/2011/08/

The Grace of Repentance – thechristianmessage.org/2011/08/

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Posted by:

Pastor emeritus Nathan M. Bickel

www.moralmatters.org

www.thechristianmessage.org

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Featured pic source:

One of the pictures taken of the Russian liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi Concentration (extermination) Camp:

http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/education/ceremonies/images/liberation4b.jpg

http://img.rt.com/files/politics/auschwitz-holocaust-liberation-nazi/27-soldiers-1945-prisoners.si.jpg