Rudolf Höss at the pinnacle of his career as Kommandant of Auschwitz, 1943.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
As the summer of 1943 came to a close, Rudolf was at the pinnacle of his career: he oversaw a network of camps in Auschwitz that housed over 80,000 people, manned by over 1,000 guards. His wife and family were living in luxury, and frequently entertained the most powerful men in the country. He had also constructed the most efficient killing machine in history, capable of murdering over 4,000 people a day.
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