Hist 33D, L 9: Höss and Eichmann
by Prof. H. Marcuse, UCSB, Oct. 21, 2003

Why did some Germans work so hard to commit mass murder?
(Can applying the EIEIO model help? [Does it work for individuals as well as events?])

Midterm Question 2

Höss Quotations (straight from the reader!)

123: "I became a different person in Auschwitz because in general I could not rely on my staff. Until then I always saw the good in people, "

163: "I had many detailed discussions concerning every phase of the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question' with Eichmann without ever letting him know what was going on inside me. I tried everything possible to get Eichmann to open up about what his deepest convictions were about the 'F.S.' But, even when we were alone and the wine and schnapps were flowing so that he was in the most talkative mood, he revealed that he was totally obsessed with the idea of destroying every Jew he could get his hands on. Ice cold and without mercy, we had to carry out this annihilation "

Rudolf Höss (1900-1947)

Maus v2, p70: gas chamberWhat did Höss do? image from Art Spiegelman's Maus showing how the Birkenau gas chamber-crematoria buildings worked

Adolf Eichmann (1906-1962)

Roundup of (individual) motivations

Wannsee Conference (Jan.20, 1942)
Info & questions for film tonight (NOT the 2002 English version, but the 1984 German one, which is MUCH better)

Project groups


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