Hoess (Amen)

Following the direct examination by Ernst Kaltenbruner’s Attorney Kauffmann of Rudolf Hoess, the former commandant of Auschwitz, Colonel John Amen, Chief of the Interrogation Division of the American Prosecution, cross examined Hoess. Amen read from an affidavit that Hoess had given to the American Prosecution ten days earlier. The affidavit contained information on the number and makeup of the persons who died a t Auschwitz (2,500,000-3,000,000), the organizations responsible for the mass executions (RSHA), the fact that the term “final solution” referred to the complete extermination of Jews in Europe and thge methodology of the executions.

Produced by US Army Signal Corps 1945-1956, housed in National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Digitized and provided by The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive.