A woman revealed that to her, her father was “the nicest man in the world.” In reality, her father is also a notorious Nazi who was the designer and commandant of the Auschwitz death camp.
Brigitte Hoess, 80, worked as a fashionista in Washington D.C. for many decades and revealed to the Washington Post that her father was none other than Rudolf Hoess. Brigitte is now battling cancer and would only speak to the Washington Post if they promised to not publish any details including her married name that could help identify her.
Brigitte Hoess stated that she’d never shared the secret identity of her father to anyone including her grandchildren. Brigitte said she fled Germany in shame in the 1950’s and found work as a model in Balenciaga in Spain.
Rudolf Hoess was the man behind the design of the Auschwitz death camp and its commandant. When it comes to her father, Brigitte said, “It was a long time ago. I didn’t do what was done. I never talk about it.”
“It is something within me. It stays with me. If somebody asks about my dad, I tell them he died in the war.”
British writer Thomas Harding is the great-nephew of the famous Nazi hunter, Hanns Alexander. Alexander is responsible for capturing Rudolf Hoess on a German farm in 1946 near the Danish border.
Rudolf Hoess was a high ranking Nazi who in addition to Auschwitz ran death camps at Dachau and Sachenshuasen. After his capture, Hoess was forced to testify at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials and was then hanged on a gallows beside the Auschwitz crematorium.
In his affidavit for the Nuremburg trials, Hoess stated, “I commanded Auschwitz until December 1, 1943 and estimate that at least 2,500,000 victims were executed and exterminated there by gassing and burning, and at least another half million succumbed to starvation and disease, making a total dead of about 3,000,000.
It was Harding who first found and interviewed Brigitte Hoess after three years of searching for her. Hardy wrote in his piece for the Washington Post that she lives on “a leafy side street in northern Virginia” and still speaks with a German accent.
Harding interviewed Brigitte Hoess while he was researching the upcoming book he’s written titled, “Hanns and Rudolf.” The book will cover Hanns Alexander’s capture of Rudolf Hoess.
Harding described his great-uncle as a Jew who fled Germany in the 1930’s and became a captain in the British Military.
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