January 27, 2015, - 5:36 pm

“Repentant” Auschwitz Commandant’s Grandson On the Wrong Side on Islam

By Debbie Schlussel

As you may know, today is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp, and many around the world designate it, “International Holocaust Remembrance Day.” In light of that, yesterday’s Wall Street Journal did a front page story on Rainer Hoess, the grandson of Rudolf Hoess, Commandant of Auschwitz and one of the Nazis’ most brutal and wicked mass murderers. The grandson says he’s done and continues to do penance for his grandfather’s sins. But he’s also on the wrong side of Islam and fails to connect the dots. And, unfortunately, the politically correct Simon Wiesenthal Center is applauding him for opposing anti-Islam marches.


Rainer Hoess, Repentant Grandson of Auschwitz Commandant Rudolf Hoess

When Auschwitz commemorates the 70th anniversary of its liberation on Jan. 27, the ceremonies will include an unlikely attendee: the grandson of the camp commandant who was held responsible for 1.1 million deaths there. Rainer Hoess, 49 years old, has grappled with the curse of his bloodline since his teens. He has tattoos of a Star of David and of the Auschwitz numbers of several survivors he has met. . . . Mr. Hoess plans to meet survivors and circulate a petition against extremism and neo-Nazism. There will be no mistaking his family legacy: At camp’s edge stands the wooden gallows where his grandfather, Rudolf Hoess, was hanged in 1947 for his crimes.

“I know my heritage. I can’t change it,” says Mr. Hoess. “It’s more effective to use the name and show that the idea that evil is in the blood—these things the Nazis said—is wrong.” Mr. Hoess’s path has taken him to unusual lengths. He has made it his full-time occupation to use his name as a weapon against what it once represented. He speaks at 70 schools a year, helps lead an anti-extremist group called Loud Against Nazis and backs an anti-bigotry rap group, among other projects. In his talks, Mr. Hoess describes his family’s history and appeals for tolerance, urging young people to reject bigotry of all kinds. He often warns Europe is seeing a resurgence of extremism, in recent weeks criticizing the anti-Islam Pegida movement in Germany.

Um, Islam IS extremism, stupid. Yes, a tiny portion of those at the anti-Islam rallies in Germany may be bigots or extremists, the vast majority are realists, sounding the alarm. They don’t want their country, once a willing participant in the Third Reich, to become the Islamic Reich. They make the proper connection: of Nazis to Islam, the connection this Hoess person fails epically to make. Apparently, Hoess is ignorant that his grandfather’s deadly movement was tied to Islam at the core–that Haj Amin Al-Husseini, then the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem (and a Yasser Arafat relative), visited Hitler repeatedly, helped him design the Final Solution, and urged him to speed it up and extend it to the Middle East and North Africa (to which it did extend to some extent).

Hoess shouldn’t be criticizing the anti-Islam protests in Germany. He should be leading them. If he wants to see real bigotry, he should check out Germany’s anti-Israel marches (dominated by Muslims).

Maybe his wrong-headed view on Islam has something to do with his sincerity and motives.

Last summer, I watched the DVD of the documentary, “Hitler’s Children,” about several children and grandchildren of major Nazi figures. Those children and grandchildren featured in the movie have spoken out against what their respective parents and grandparents did, and some have reached out to Jewish people (with one of them marrying an Israeli Jew). I lent the DVD to a dear friend of mine who is an Israeli-American Holocaust survivor. He felt as I did that the documentary wasn’t that great, and he wasn’t that impressed with these Nazi descendants. I second that view. One of those most prominent Nazi descendants in the movie was Rainer Hoess. The movie shows an Israeli Jewish journalist, Eldad Beck, whose grandparents survived Auschwitz, hugging Hoess and buying into his spiel. But, now, Beck says that Hoess is a charlatan, according to the WSJ.

Some challenge Mr. Hoess’s sincerity, saying he trades on his name for personal gain. Israeli journalist Eldad Beck, a grandson of survivors, appeared in a documentary with Mr. Hoess but now accuses him of, among other things, trying to profit by selling his grandfather’s belongings to Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust memorial. A Yad Vashem spokesman says that in the past Mr. Hoess has suggested it buy his grandfather’s items. Mr. Hoess denies the assertion. “Rainer Hoess is motivated by pure opportunism, which drives him to try to use his last name as a tool for seeking fortune and glory,” Mr. Beck wrote in a 2011 column. In a recent email, Mr. Beck wrote: “I don’t want to have any connection to this criminal.” He declined to comment further.

Mr. Hoess says he has made $23,000 in appearance fees over 10 years and doesn’t refuse to appear if a host can’t pay. He says he subsists largely on proceeds from selling a company he founded. He has an outwardly frugal lifestyle, residing alone in a spare apartment in Weil der Stadt, a small town near Stuttgart.

I don’t know what the truth here is, with regard to Hoess. But I do know the truth regarding Islam. I’ve gotten multiple death, rape, and torture threats from Muslims, all of them attacking me specifically because I’m Jewish

And I know that on that issue alone, Rudolf Hoess isn’t doing much good because he’s on the same side as his Auschwitz Commandant grandfather was.

Connect the dots, stupid.

Six millions ghosts of Auschwitz, Bergen Belsen, and many other camps–too many to mention–wail on because they died for nothing if their experience is used to justify the current and future Nazis of Islam.

Message to Rainer Hoess and all those who don’t get it:

Allahu akbar = Sieg heil.

That Was Then . . .


This Is Now . . .


. They are no different from Nazis. Not in how they behave in Europe. Not how they behave in the Middle East. Not how they behave in the United States and the rest of “the West.”

16 Responses

I am the last person to defend criticism of Pegida (or similar organizations throughout Europe, excluding of course, those that are overtly fascist, such as those in Greece and Hungary).

At the same time though, Pegida, and like organizations have been subject to massive criticism by the mainstream media throughout the world, especially by liberals.

I don’t know anything about Hoess’ political views, but he would be breaking sharply from the mainstream in supporting Pegida, something that perhaps he is not ready to do yet. (maybe because his grandfather was in an extreme group, and Pegida is viewed as extreme by so many — and he might be trying to avoid ‘extreme’ groups)

To repeat, I am not defending Hoess, as the criticism of Pegida and like organizations seems to be similar to criticism of grass-roots Republicans here in the U.S. (distinguishing between grass-roots and tea-party), and I agree with your overall assessment of Pegida.

But Hoess has already moved a long way from his grandfather’s views, and perhaps he will continue to move in a positive direction. His ability to move will be enhanced if mainstream opinion becomes more supportive of Pegida and like groups. I blame mainstream opinion more than I do Hoess.

After all, many in the mainstream call Pegida and like groups anti-semitic. As you said, while there are certainly anti-semites and racists in these groups, the overall movement of many of these groups (not all) seems to be away from that.

Little Al on January 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Being against Islam doesn’t make you a racist or a fascist.

    Just the opposite. Islam is the new Nazism, a totalitarian movement that pretends to be a religion. Its being lauded by Western idiots and water carriers for Islam as a respectable religion.

    But we can’t describe and name it in the West due to fear of Islam and political correctness. We’re the losing the war for our way of life and our freedoms and very few people will stand up and say “no.”

    The Holocaust is far from becoming as people would like, a historical footnote.

    NormanF on January 27, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      “Islam is the new Nazism, a totalitarian move that pretends to be a religion. Its being lauded by Western idiots and water carriers for Islam as a respectable religion.”

      Norman, speaking of which, last night I was having a conversation on a group that I’m on Facebook, the member of that group happens to be a Muslim woman, irrespective of that, she happens to be “Secular-Humanistic” Muslim lady. She bought up some validated arguments with regards to Islamic terrorism, that back about 40 years ago, the epidemic of Islamic terrorism wasn’t as great and influential as it today, she mentioned that the reason is because of the influence and evolution of Islamic/Arab terroristic groups, which didn’t exist back then. Yes there were some Muslim-terrorists groups that existed at that time (PLO, PFLP being some here and there).

      And I think ever since the Iranian-Revolution back in 1979, that Islamic terrorism is MORE greater today than it was many decades ago, and those of us who’ve followed this source by Ms. Schlussel (and anti-Jihad sources) knows that, these Islamic-terrorists groups today have been funded by rogue-regime governments across the Middle Eastern landmass (except for Israel of course) and where they also get their weaponries as well!

      Sean R. on January 28, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Mainstream media didn’t have much to say about the sitation in Germany for Jews in 1930s and 40’s either until it was all over.

    It hasn’t come a long way. It’s in exactly the same place.
    So saying that Hoess has come a long way by following its lead is not really saying much.

    Hoess knows how the real anti-semites think today like everybody else in Europe.

    So has Hoess come a long way? Well, he’s not getting drunk in the beer garden and running out to throw stones through the windows of Jewish houses. Now he’s just silent about the segment of the population who are really carrying on the tradition.

    This is not coming a long way.

    japple on January 28, 2015 at 3:08 pm

I was curious about why the nation of Israel observes its annual day of Holocaust remembrance on 15 April, when the rest of the World observes International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of Auscwitz-Birkenau.

Then, I saw this news article at HAARETZ, with its explanation of Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes Remembrance Day, which focuses on the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising:


By the way, as a military veteran, I’m curious about something:

There’s currently a huge problem with “Stolen Valor”, where guys who never served, claim to be decorated heroes, or guys who are veterans wear decorations that were never awarded.

I’m wondering if there are fake Holocaust survivors taking advantage of the publicity?

John Robert Mallernee on January 27, 2015 at 7:08 pm

John, Debbie wrote a few months ago about Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old far leftist who was in Ferguson this summer stirring up trouble.

She presents herself as a Holocaust survivor, in order to gain more credibility, but as Debbie wrote, she is not a Holocaust survivor.

Little Al on January 27, 2015 at 7:16 pm

Islam represents the National Socialism of today. As Debbie has noted in the past, the Third Reich happily patronized Muslims that it found useful, whether it was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem or Albanian Muslims who joined the Waffen SS.

Worry on January 28, 2015 at 12:25 am

Indeed any fair minded person can see that the Islamic threat is a growing threat in Europe since the Muslim population is growing in leaps and bounds. This German guy Mr. Hoess is clearly using his name to make money on a hypocritical and politically correct basis by supporting Muslims who have tremendous potential to be anti-semitic and a destabilizing factor in Europe.

But what about Russia? Yeah that same Russia which says its against Muslim terrorist activity in South Russia/Chechnya area for some reason has ALLOWED 3 Million Muslims to live in Moscow!! What the heck is that all about?? It looks like Russia is not as politically incorrect as one would think.

Well maybe it makes sense if one looks at the FULL context of Russia’s past and how it has coddled those people who were filled with potential Anti-Semitism like when Russia made its friendship pact with Nazi Germany where both nations agreed to starting WWII together and dividing up Europe among themselves with Russia helping Germany in 1939 round up the Jews of Europe. This was as per their Soviet Russia-Nazi Germany friendship pact called the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact.

So the one thing I don’t understand is why Soviet Russia gets credit for liberating Auschwitz when Russia started WWII along with Nazi Germany as per their “Molotov-Ribbentrop” friendship pact.

Russia only helped Jews…..AFTER Germany broke the “Molotov-Ribbentrop pact” and turned on Russia in 1941. Before that, Russia was helping Nazi Germany round up Jews.

People should see the movie the “Soviet Story” on Youtube which details this more.

Jews should always keep an eye on Russia and never trust it.

Rick Leznick on January 28, 2015 at 4:12 am

    Mr. Leznick:

    I agree with you.

    Ever since I saw, “THE SOVIET STORY”, on the PBS network, I’ve been sending DVD copies to friends as gifts.

    Until now, I was not aware that, “THE SOVIET STORY”, could be viewed at the YOU TUBE web site.


    Yes, indeed, EVERYBODY needs to see, “THE SOVIET STORY”.

    Thank you for enlightening others.

    John Robert Mallernee on January 28, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      John Robert Mallernee,

      Thank you for helping to get the word out about “The Soviet Story” which illustrates Soviet Russia’s subterfuge and treachery in WWII.

      Indeed, Soviet Russia was NO friend of the Jews….and in fact Russia FACILITATED the Holocaust and WWII with its former friend at the time (1939) Nazi Germany.

      Soviet Russia gave its former good friend Nazi Germany the GREEN LIGHT…in starting WWII. Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany…as per their Friendship pact…the “Molotov-Ribbentrop pact” right before starting WWII TOGETHER as best of friends…..Agreed to divide up Europe together as thieve like friends…while Soviet Russia agreed with Nazi Germany to help Germany to round up the Jews of Europe in Eastern Europe/Soviet territories and send them to Nazi Germany.

      This is explained in the politically incorrect movie “The Soviet Story” (that most of the mainstream media except for PBS dare to show the American people).


      “The Soviet Story”


      Russia today continues its subterfuge and two face attitude towards Jews. The Russian leadership today loves to proudly say how Soviet Russia liberated Jews from Nazi German concentration camps….yet Russia today supports virulent Anti-Semitic nations like Iran. Wow some “good friend” Russia is to Jews 🙁

      Just the other day…..Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine made anti-semetic remarks about Ukraine’s leadership:

      Russian nationalists in Eastern Ukraine said “Miserable Jews run Ukraine”. WHY doesn’t Moscow or Putin condemn these Russian anti-semitic slurs????


      Rick Leznick on February 6, 2015 at 6:28 am

I was at an event last weekend. A Jewish woman (I gather she was far to the left) blamed Israel for not having peace with the Palestinians. She was complaining how the Jews have taken land from the Palestinians and the wall. I reminded her that there was no wall and that that there were no Palestinians until the issue became a rallying cry for the Arabs.
I can see many take false credit while claiming to be peacemakers.

Steve Ggardality on January 28, 2015 at 11:48 am

I remember, many years ago, a Jewish activist group referring to the Wiesenthal Center as “Weasel-thal,” and for the very factor of their adherence to (suicidal) political correctness that Debbie has mentioned here.

ConcernedPatriot on January 28, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Your headline Debbie, says this guy is on the wrong side of Islam.


is on the wrong side, . . .

of Islam.

Except YOU.

People just don’t “get” it. Just like the 1930’s.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on January 28, 2015 at 1:50 pm

Maybe his wrong-headed view on Islam has something to do with his sincerity and motives.

Absolutely. The apple doesn’t fall far and all that stuff. This guy is a closet Jew-hater just like granpda. Of course he’s gonna wear the supposed “halo” of repentance – what else is he supposed to do in this p.c. world?

His lumping in “intolerance” toward muzzies gives him away.

Good catch, Debbie!

DS_ROCKS! on January 28, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Islam is a totalitarian philosophy masquerading as a religious faith, and should be denied Constitutional rights given to religions.

That being said, please note that Swedish TV will be airing a documentary on Jews in Malmo, and assaults on them, as the reporter pretending to be Jewish had to flee assault. This was based on a The Local article on Jews in Malmo in 2013, and the idea for that original article was based on a suggestion from a “Reader.” Ahem.

Kratman’s Novel, Caliphate, grows more prophetic by the day.

Occam's Tool on January 28, 2015 at 9:12 pm

excuse me?
do you even know what Rainer Höss does???

He is fighting against racism and fascism… this article is a load of crap. At least he is out there doing something about it than sitting typing a load of crap about good hearted people.

He is against the right wing.. and to be honest its a good thing he is as yes the right wing parties in Europe are gaining power and the two religions to be under attack are the Muslims and the Jews..
he spends every day, going into schools educating children on what will happen if these right wing parties come into power, that we must stand up against hate.

Hes hated because of his grandfather but I am pretty sure in most religions it states that we must not blame the son for the sins of his father… rudolf Höss was his GRANDFATHER. If you met the man, actually spoke to him… im sure you would change your mind…

why write such a horrible article about such a kind hearted and brilliant man like Rainer?

also dont believe beck.. he is a liar and goes out of his way to make rainers work 10x harder. There is evidence to prove Rainer has done nothing wrong….

Jess on February 16, 2015 at 10:46 pm

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