A transcript of Hanns’ interrogation of Josef Kramer
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Hanns was to interrogate Josef Kramer, Rudolf’s former adjutant, repeatedly during his time at Belsen. In preparation for the Belsen Trials, Hanns was tasked with ensuring that the number-one defendant, Josef Kramer, corrected his original statement. Back in May, Höss’ former adjutant had claimed no knowledge of Auschwitz’s gas chambers. Given the overwhelming testimony to the contrary from both guards and prisoners, Kramer had indicated that he was now willing to change his story. On 1 September, Leo Genn asked Hanns to accompany him to Celle to sit down with Kramer. After brief introductions, Hanns asked the former adjutant about the gas chambers in Auschwitz. His answer, later typed up into an affidavit, would play a key part in the Belsen Trial proceedings.
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