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Rare photos of Solahutte, the Nazi resort where Auschwitz personnel relaxed

 

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Auschwitz staffers relax at Solahutte Resort

It seems fitting on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Concentration Camp to share these photos. The Hocker album, also known as Laughing at Auschwitz, is a photo album, which contains  photographs of staffers from the extermination camp relaxing in their off time and on holiday. The album, filled with pictures taken by Karl Höcker, the adjutant to the final camp commandant at Auschwitz, was donated to the National Holocaust Museum in Washington by a retired US Army Intelligence officer.

Many of the photos in the album were taken at Solahütte a little-known resort for the Nazi German guards and auxiliary personnel of the Auschwitz/Birkenau/Buna facilities. In the photos infamous war criminals like Josef Mengele, nicknamed the Angel of Death, Oswald Pohl and Rudolf Hoss can be seen happily singing to accordion music or relaxing with fellow staffers.

18 miles by car from Auschwitz, Solahütte was located in a wooded area where the staffers hunted, hiked, sunbathed and took trips to the nearby lake and peaks.  The main lodge still stands, though it is renamed and now used as a tavern.

 

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Mengele second from left

 

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a snack of blueberries

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sing along

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Mengele far left

Karl Hoecker album Laughing at Auschwitz (6)After the fall of Communism in Poland, the resort became a rusty ghost town visited mostly by looters, paintballers, and urban explorers. To read the whole story go to:http://rarehistoricalphotos.com/laughing-auschwitz-ss-auxiliaries-poses-resort-auschwitz-personnel-1942/ 

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