Rudolf Höss Given 10-Year Prison Term for Killing a Communist Hot

Rudolf Höss Given 10-Year Prison Term for Killing a Communist

Rudolf Höss at Auschwitz

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Rudolf Höss (Hoess), later the first commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp, is sent to the Brandenburg Penitentiary for a 10-year sentence. He has been convicted of killing a communist and receives such a light sentence because his crime was "motivated by conviction."

Far-right extremists who commit crimes in the name of their politics are typically given lenient sentences which are rarely enforced to the full — Höss is released after a little more than four years. Leftists who commit the same crimes are treated much more harshly.


Rudolf Höss, Auschwitz commandant, testifying at Nuremberg, April 15, 1946

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