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A Judge in Auschwitz (Hardback)

Konrad Morgen's Crusade Against SS Corruption & 'Illegal' Murder

WWII Biographies Military

By Kevin Prenger
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 176
Illustrations: 33 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399018760
Published: 20th October 2021

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In autumn 1943, SS judge Konrad Morgen visited Auschwitz concentration camp to investigate an intercepted parcel containing gold sent from the camp. While there Morgen found the SS camp guards engaged in widespread theft and corruption.

Worse, Morgen also discovered that inmates were being killed without authority from the SS leadership. While millions of Jews were being exterminated under the Final Solution programme , Konrad Morgen set about gathering evidence of these ‘illegal murders’.

Morgen also visited other camps such as Buchenwald where he had the notorious camp commandant Karl Koch and Ilse, his sadistic spouse, arrested and charged. Found guilty by an SS court, Koch was sentenced to death.

Remarkably, the apparently fearless SS judge also tried to prosecute other Nazi criminals including Waffen-SS commanders Oskar Dirlewanger and Hermann Fegelein and Auschwitz Commandant Rudolf Höss. He even claimed to have tried to indict Adolf Eichmann, who was responsible for organising the mass deportation of the Jews to the extermination camps.

This intriguing work reveals how the lines between justice and injustice became blurred in the Third Reich. As well as describing the actions of this often contradictory character the author questions Morgen’s motives.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Well this was completely different but so informative and you could tell the research that had gone into it. Sometimes with detailed books they are a bit dry but this wasn't. It really explored the motives of the judge both during the war and after. The way the chapters were written really helped with this.

NetGalley, Caroline Wright

A very interesting subject of reviewing one man's professional career as a Nazi SS Officer Judge, working in the concentration camps to prosecute other Nazi's performing illegal acts, such as murder, stealing and profiteering.
The book opens up a new perspective into the workings of the SS in an area that really hasn't seen the light of day.
It covers the investigations into the offences and the trials and also covers the trials after the end of World War Two.
A good read and worth space on your bookshelf.

NetGalley, Kevin Stabler

A Judge in Auschwitz Konrad Morgen's Crusade Against SS Corruption & 'Illegal' Murder by Kevin Prenger follows SS Judge Konrad Morgen has he gathers evidence to prosecute his fellow Nazi officers for acts of theft, corruption and unauthorized murders. Morgen was instrumental in the charges against Karl Koch and and his wife Ilse. Ilse was known as the “Witch of Buchenwald” for her brutality. Morgen also tried to prosecute other SS officers such as Oskar Dirlewanger and Hermann Fegelein and Auschwitz Commandant Rudolf Höss, Adolf Eichmann. “A Judge in Auschwitz” follows Morgen’s testimonies in the Nuremberg trials... It is evident that Prenger has spent a great deal of time researching the life of Morgen.

NetGalley, Diane Jackson

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

In autumn 1943, SS judge Konrad Morgen visited Auschwitz concentration camp to investigate an intercepted parcel containing gold sent from the camp. While there Morgen found the SS camp guards engaged in widespread theft and corruption.

Worse, Morgen also discovered that inmates were being killed without authority from the SS leadership. While millions of Jews were being exterminated under the Final Solution programme , Konrad Morgen set about gathering evidence of these ‘illegal murders’.

Morgen also visited other camps such as Buchenwald where he had the notorious camp commandant Karl Koch and Ilse, his sadistic spouse, arrested and charged. Found guilty by an SS court, Koch was sentenced to death.

Remarkably, the apparently fearless SS judge also tried to prosecute other Nazi criminals including Waffen-SS commanders Oskar Dirlewanger and Hermann Fegelein and Auschwitz Commandant Rudolf Höss. He even claimed to have tried to indict Adolf Eichmann, who was responsible for organising the mass deportation of the Jews to the extermination camps.

This intriguing work reveals how the lines between justice and injustice became blurred in the Third Reich. As well as describing the actions of this often contradictory character the author questions Morgen’s motives.

This was a five star read! What a book! Fully recommend you buy this well researched book!

NetGalley, Michelle Coates

About Kevin Prenger

Kevin Prenger is a writer of World War II history, living in his native Netherlands. He is the chief editor of the website TracesOfWar.com and also contributes to the Dutch online history magazine Historiek.net. His previous works include War Zone Zoo, the history of the Berlin zoo during World War II and Christmas under Fire, 1944. A Judge in Auschwitz, previously published in Dutch and Polish, is his third book translated in English.

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