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Pointing way to Hitler's Holocaust

Published 27/07/2015

Polish police said the teenagers were spotted acting suspiciously at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
Polish police said the teenagers were spotted acting suspiciously at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
This 1944 photo provided by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) shows the first page of a photo album of approximately 116 rare photographs of senior SS officers and Nazi officials at the Auschwitz concentration camp unveiled Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, by the museum. At left, the commandant of Auschwitz, Richard Baer, and right, Karl Hcker, the adjutant to the commandant. The inscription reading "Auschwitz 21.6.1944" signals its uniqueness as rare wartime photographs of the Auschwitz concentration camp complex. (AP Photo/USHMM) ** ONE TIME USE ONLY. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES **
This 1944 photo provided by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) shows an accordionist leading a sing-along for SS officers at their retreat at Solahutte outside Auschwitz, Poland. In the front row are Karl Hoecker, Otto Moll, Rudolf Hoess, Richard Baer, Josef Karmer, Franz Hoessler, and Josef Mengele. The photo is one of approximately 116 rare photographs of senior SS officers and Nazi officials at the Auschwitz concentration camp unveiled Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, by the museum. (AP Photo/USHMM) ** ONE TIME USE ONLY. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES **
This 1944 photo provided by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum shows SS officers, including several SS physicians, sit around a table drinking at Auschwitz, Poland. Among those pictured are Karl Hoecker,far left, Dr. Fritz Klein, left hand side, end of table, Dr. Horst Schumann and Dr. Eduard Wirths on the right side of the bench, third from the front. The photo is one of approximately 116 rare photographs of senior SS officers and Nazi officials at the Auschwitz concentration camp included in Hoecker's photo album, unveiled Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. (AP Photo/USHMM) ** ONE TIME USE ONLY. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES **
This 1944 photo provided by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) shows a group of SS officers gathered in front of a building at Solahutte, the SS retreat outside of Auschwitz, Poland. From left, Josef Kramer, Dr. Josef Mengele, Richard Baer, Karl Hoecker and unidentified. The photo is one of approximately 116 rare photographs of senior SS officers and Nazi officials at the Auschwitz concentration camp included in Hoecker's photo album, unveiled Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, by the museum. (AP Photo/USHMM) ** ONE TIME USE ONLY. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES **
This 1944 photo provided by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum shows members of the SS Helferinnen, female auxiliaries, siting on a fence railing in Solahutte, a little known SS resort some 30 km. south of Auschwitz on the Sola River in Poland, as Karl Hoecker passes out bowls of blueberries. The photo is one of approximately 116 rare photographs of senior SS officers and Nazi officials at the Auschwitz concentration camp included in Hoecker's photo album and unveiled Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. (AP Photo/USHMM) ** ONE TIME USE ONLY. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES **
This 1944 photo provided by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum shows Nazi officers and female auxiliaries, Helferinnen, posing on a wooden bridge in Solahutte. a little known SS resort some 30 km. south of Auschwitz on the Sola River in Poland, At center, Karl Hoecker. The photo is one of approximately 116 rare photographs of senior SS officers and Nazi officials at the Auschwitz concentration camp included in Hoecker's photo album, unveiled Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. (AP Photo/USHMM) ** ONE TIME USE ONLY. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES **
This 1944 photo provided by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) shows SS officers socializing in their retreat at Solahutte outside of Auschwitz, Poland. From left Richard Baer, who became the commandant of Auschwitz in May 1944, Dr. Josef Mengele, Commandant of Birkenau Josef Kramer, hidden, and the former Commandant of Auschwitz Rudolf Hoess, foreground; the man at right is unidentified. The photo is one of approximately 116 rare photographs of senior SS officers and Nazi officials at the Auschwitz concentration camp unveiled Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, by the museum. (AP Photo/USHMM) ** ONE TIME USE ONLY. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES **
A group of Polish Jews are led away for deportation by German SS soldiers in 1943

STEVE Kerensky's admonition that "people are projecting onto the Hitler of 1932 the knowledge of and revulsion about the war years, the camps and other atrocities - all aspects that had not appeared even in Germany" (Write Back, July 23), misses an essential road map, Mein Kampf.

If any German citizen had read it, the blueprint for Jewish extermination was clear for all to see.

DR KEVIN MCCARTHY

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