Richard Glücks, Chief Inspector of Concentration Camps
Richard Glücks, the Chief Inspector of Concentration Camps, and Rudolf's direct superior.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
In April 1940, Rudolf, then second-in-command at the Sachsenhausen camp, received a telephone call from Richard Glücks, the recently appointed Chief Inspector of Concentration Camps. A heavyset man with a head that appeared too small for his body, and a brain that moved as languidly as his oversized feet, Glücks was a man employed for his loyalty. He told Rudolf that Himmler wanted him to set up a new camp in Upper Silesia (the part of southern Poland annexed by Germany in 1939), near the small town of Oświęcim, or Auschwitz, as the Germans called it. Although they workied together closely, Rudolf and Glücks had a tense relationship and were often distrustful of each other.
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