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During a series interviews by a British Journalist Gitta Sereny of the commander of Treblinka Franz Stangl, after a series of denials of his guilt over his role in the Holocaust he said : "I never talked to anybody as I talked to you . . . in fact, I am also guilty because . . . my guilt . . . my guilt . . . it is only with these talks . . . now that I have been speaking about all that" (13).

In another interview, when Franz Stangl was asked how he got his to the killing that went on in his camp he said, "To tell the truth…one did become used to it." "In days? Weeks? Months?" "Months. It took months before I could look one of them in the eye. I repressed it all by trying to create a special place: gardens, new barracks, new kitchens, new everything; barbers, tailors, shoemakers, carpenters. There were hundreds of ways to take one's mind off it; I used them all." ( 14).

During his trial in Jerusalem Eichmann was found to be compliant and polite, indeed solicitous toward Israeli authorities. The commander of Rudolf Hoess, the commander of Auschwitz , went out of his way "to be helpful to his interrogators in a way that was almost strange." (15 ).

Hoess said about his arrest and imprisonment "Even though the prison conditions were good in every aspect and I now had time to read from an extensive library made available to us, the interrogators were really not pleasant. Physically there was no problem, but more so were the mental and emotional effects. I cannot really blame the interrogators—they were all Jews. I was for all intents and purposes psychologically dissected. That's how accurately they wanted to know everything—this was also done by Jews. They also left me with no doubt whatsoever what was going to happen to me. On May 25 [1946], our wedding anniversary, I was driven to the airport with von Burgsdorff and Bühler and handed over to the Polish authorities. After arriving in prison several officials approached me immediately and showed me their Auschwitz tattoo numbers. I could not understand them, but I do not suppose they wished me well. However, I was not beaten. The imprisonment was very strict and totally isolated. I was often viewed and checked. The nine weeks I spent there became very difficult for me because there was absolutely nothing to keep my mind occupied. I had nothing to read, nor was I allowed to write." (16 ).


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GERMAN, NAZI, Treblinka, Franz Stangl,Holocaust, killing, Eichmann, Rudolf Hoess, interrogators, Polish, Auschwitz, imprisonment