The Pack includes:
1. The Private Lives of the Auschwitz SS
2. And Your Conscience Never Haunted You? The Life of Rudolf Höß, Commander of Auschwitz
3. Voices of Memory 13. The SS Garrison in KL Auschwitz
The Private Lives of the Auschwitz SS
A look at the perpetrators of the Auschwitz crimes from a new, little-known, and sometimes surprising perspective. The book contains selected accounts by Polish women who worked in the homes of officers and enlisted men from hte Auschwitz SS garnison. Each text vividly describes the family life and domestic relations that prevailed in the homes of these SS men.
Specific fragments of the book:
"At home, Hoess was ideal. He loved the children. He liked to lie down with them on the sofa in their room. He kissed them, caressed them, and talked to them in a lovely way. Past the threshold of the house he changed totally. He never said a word to me." /Danuta Rzempiel/
"Scholz seemed to be satisfied with his position. He was the lord of his house. He always came home for meals, which he wanted to be served to him in the dining room, and he checked that the tablecloth was changed for a clean one every day." /Weronika Chorąży/
"For me, the most unpleasant work was shining Frank's boots. To me, they stank of corpses. Once they had some visitors, and Frank took them for a tour of the camp. When they came back I was supposed to clean all their shoes, but I couldn't do the job because the shoes were so stinking that I had to turn away and kept feeling nauseous. Frau Frank even got angry with me for taking so long with the shoes when she needed me. She seemed not to understand many things." /Alfreda Babiuch/
And Your Conscience Never Haunted You? The Life of Rudolf Höß, Commander of Auschwitz
Manfred Deselaers is a Roman Catholic priest from Germany. Since 1990 he has been living in the town of Oświęcim (Auschwitz), where he shares the everyday life of the people of the Ascension of Mary parish and works in the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer.
This book was written originally as Rev. M. Deselaers’ dissertation at the Papal Theological Academy of Krakow, Poland, with the title "God and Evil with Regards to the Life and Testimonies of Rudolf Höss, Commander of Auschwitz", and by the structure of its origin constituted a German-Polish bridge-building endeavor. It represents the fruit of the author’s desire, as a German “after Auschwitz”, to engage in peace work. Through his work and study he tries to participate in a living conversation, understand, together with those directly connected with “Auschwitz”, how such a thing could possibly happen, and contribute to building a more peaceful future.
The first part attempts to describe historical facts and covers the broad spectrum of the biography. This part refrains from making any assessments, just shows/focuses on what had happened in the life of Rudolf Höss. The critical aspect here consists in showing of the shadow side of Höss' perspective by bringing to light the perspective of the victims. The second part is an attempt to analyze the biography from an anthropological-theological point of view.
This publication is available in English, German and Polish.
Voices of Memory 13. The SS Garrison in KL Auschwitz
“Voices of Memory” 13 by Piotr Setkiewicz presents the daily life of SS-men in various sociological aspects: starting from their professional obligations, through family duties and ending with the issues of religion and education.
The contrast between the nature of service performed by the officers and the ostensible normalcy of their private life is quite shocking. Crimes were committed almost continually: on duty, but also off duty, during roll-calls, night watch, selection at the train ramp and the evening dinner with wife and children.
The most extensive portion of the publication is taken up by the detailed selection of sources (accounts, memoirs). Documents of camp administration are particularly interesting, which present the operation of the camp as a state institution, where the employees receive various perks and are subject to specific penalties for breaking the rules. The documents include “Appeal of the SS Staff to Celebrate Führer's Birthday”, “Warning to SS-men about Effects of Failing to Observe Professional Secrecy”, “Invitation to Sports Contest”, “Instruction on the Conduct of SS-men on Trains.”
The publication is supplemented with photographs taken by SS-men presenting officers from the KL Auschwitz garrison in the SS recreation centre in Międzybrodzie or during exercises at the shooting range in Rajsko.