Rolf-Heinz Höppner

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Rolf-Heinz Höppner (sometimes Hoeppner in English; 1910 - 1998) was a German lawyer and SS officer. In 1949, Höppner was convicted in Poland for alleged crimes (see below) and sentenced to either death or life imprisonment (different sources disagree). Rather surprisingly, he was given amnesty in 1956 and lived undisturbed until his death decades later.

Höppner and the Holocaust / Lebensraum

During the war, Höppner was involved in deportations of Jews and Poles from the territory annexed by Germany to the General Government.

On 16 July 1941, Höppner allegedly sent a letter to Adolf Eichmann containing various proposals related to the Holocaust. However, Eichmann stated he had never seen the alleged letter and was certain he would have remembered it, due to its drastic contents. He also criticized various aspects of form and contents of the alleged letter.[1] Höppner twice denied he was the author.[2]

On 2 September 1941, Höppner allegedly sent a letter to the RSHA containing various other proposals related to Lebensraum.

Holocaust revisionists have also argued that even if the letters are authentic, various aspects of their politically correct interpretation are dubious, and personal opinions and proposals by a subordinate is not evidence for committed atrocities.[2]

See also Lebensraum: Alleged Himmler order to exterminate all Poles on this alleged document, which was used as evidence against Höppner.

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  1. Rolf-Heinz Höppner memorandum
  2. 2.0 2.1 The “Extermination Camps” of “Aktion Reinhardt"
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