Auschwitz is the epicenter of the Holocaust, where more people are said to have been murdered than anywhere else. But what if we look critically into the evidence for this claim? Stäglich has so far been the only legal expert to critically analyze the foundations of what we today think we know about Auschwitz. His research results leave the reader at times breathless when confronted with the scandalous way in which judicial authorities bent and broke the law in order to come to politically foregone conclusions. New, revised and corrected edition.
Dr. Wilhelm Stäglich, German judge and historian is most notable for his detailed study, Der Auschwitz-Mythos. Born November 11, 1916, he studied law and political science at the University of Rostock and the University of Göttingen, from where he received a doctorate in law (Dr. jur.) in 1951. For years he served as a Finance Court judge in Hamburg. He was the author of numerous articles on legal and historical subjects. During the Second World War he served from mid-July to mid-September 1944 as an Ordonnanzoffizier (orderly officer) on the staff of an anti-aircraft detachment stationed near the Auschwitz camp. As part of his duties, he maintained contact with the SS camp command, and had unlimited access to the Auschwitz main camp, where the command was headquartered. Disturbed by the obvious discrepancies between what he had witnessed during the war at Auschwitz, and the portrayal of the camp that emerged at war’s end, he resolved to speak out... and had to suffer the consequences of persecution