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SS officers socialize at the SS retreat of Solahuette outside of Auschwitz.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 34754

SS officers socialize at the SS retreat of Solahuette outside of Auschwitz.

From left to right they are: Josef Mengele, Richard Baer (Commandant of Auschwitz), Karl Hoecker (his adjutant) and Walter Schmidetzki (head of Kanada and later Aministrative Director of Monowitz). Konrad Wiegand, head of the Fahrbereitschaft (car and truck pool) is at the back right. Pictured in the background between Hoecker and Schmidetzki is Herman Balthasar Philip Buch, who would become the kommandofuehrer of the sonderkommando around September 1, 1944, taking over from Otto Moll.

[Based on the officers visiting Solahutte, we surmise that the photographs were taken to honor Rudolf Hoess who completed his tenure as garrison senior on July 29.]

Date
Circa 1944 July 22 - 1944 July 29
Variant Locale
Brzezinka
Birkenau
Auschwitz III
Monowitz
Auschwitz II
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Anonymous Donor
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Record last modified: 2018-09-24 00:00:00
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