Miden, March 1946
The moment when Col. Draper asked the question "How many millions have you gassed in your camp Auschwitz Birkenau, Hoess?"
Answer: "Between 2½ and 3½ millions in my time!"
Revisionists have already noted the role of Gerald Draper in Hoess' "problematic" confessions. Robert Faurisson wrote in 1986 that Colonel Draper (who was Major Draper in March 1946), "he may also have been a Jew", and that Hoess mentions in "his autobiography" an "English public prosecutor, a major" gave him further "rough treatment." David Hebden has pointed out how Colonel Draper was the British prosecutor at the Tesch trial in March 1946, where it was asserted by the prosecution (i.e. him) that 4,500,000 were gassed at Birkenau alone. Hebden also convincingly asserts that Hoess' "confessed" estimates were forced from him to corroborate what German/Brazilian Nazi turned British army interpretor Perry Broad had testified to as a witness at the Tesch trial. I've also posts here relating to Hoess' torture by British Jews, and to his numerous and widely varying estimates of the number he supposedly killed at Auschwitz.
"Major G.I.D. Draper, Irish Guards, Judge Advocate General's Branch, HQ. B.A.O.R., was Prosecutor."
In 1998 Reflections on Law and Armed Conflicts: The Selected Works on the Laws of War by the Late Professor Colonel G.I.A.D. Draper, OBE (hereafter RLAC) was published by Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. The relatively short book, is a collection of Draper's articles selected by the book's editors Hilaire McCoubrey and Michael A. Meyer. A forward was contributed by British barrister Sir Elihu Lauterpacht, and a Biographical Note of Draper, was written by his friend and former student Count de Salis (who I believe is Charles John de Salis). Clearly this phenomenally expensive book was never intended for mass-market circulation, but it does feature the photograph of Draper and Hoess on the cover, and confirms that it was Draper who secured the confession from Hoess, that he had gassed 2,500,000 people at Auschwitz. These extracts I quote below.
"As one remembers, Höss said in his "memoirs": "I received further rough treatment at the hands of the English public prosecutor, a major" (Commandant in Auschwitz, p. 74). Did this major become a colonel and was his name "Draper"?
Cover photo: Major Gerald Draper of the Judge Advocate General's Department of the British Army interrogating a man believed to be Rudolf Hoess, former Commandant of Auschwitz, soon after his arrest in the British Zone in Germany in March 1946. A handwritten note by Gerald Draper held in the Archives at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem explains the circumstance of the photograph as follows: How many millions have you gassed in your camp Auschwitz Birkenau, Hoess?" Answer: "Between 2½ and 3½ millions in my time!" (RLAC, p.i)
"He served with the Irish Guards in Europe and North Africa in the Second World War and was thereafter engaged as a military prosecutor at the trials of war criminals in Germany after the Second World War, in which capacity he secured the confession of Hoess, the Commandant of Auschwitz." (RLAC, p.xvii)
"The photograph of then Major Gerald Draper interogating a man believed to be the war criminal Rudolp Hoess, appears with permission of Andre Deutsch Ltd., having been used as an illustration in their book Blind Eye to Murder by Tom Bower (1981). The print itself was supplied by Yad Vashem in Jerusalem." (RLAC, pp.ix-x)
"It seems quite obvious that the incriminating parts of Sehm's testimony are monstrous fabrications. Sensing the completely irresponsible character of this testimony, Dr. Zippel, who defended Dr. Tesch, lost no time in denouncing Sehm as a liar, and after offering examples to the Tribunal in which he had certainly lied under oath, proceeded to deal with the other testimony, believing that of Sehm to have been completely discredited. In the end, however, it was Sehm's incredible accusations in the hands of the British prosecutor, Draper, which provided all the substance the Military Tribunal wanted to tie Dr. Tesch and Herr Weinbacher to the "Holocaust" juggernaut."
"Is it now clear, do you agree with me that your gas helped to exterminate four million people in one concentration camp?"
"Were you aware that the murder of the four million was partly arranged by the Reicharzt SS?"
"In his cross-examination, the British Military Prosecutor, Major Draper, was obviously more interested in the political implications of the trial rather than in whether Dr. Tesch actually was guilty of the charge as stated in the indictment. Draper's manner was abusive, and his questions were usually "loaded.""
The British Military Tribunal was confronted with an elementary problem of logic. If, on the basis of the obviously sullied, unclean testimony presented against Dr. Tesch, they acquitted him and Herr Weinbacher (business manger of Dr. Tesch's firm), there would have been no one else apparently at hand against whom could be made the accusation of supplying Zyklon B or initially recommending its use to kill Jews. If, indeed, there was a "Holocaust," someone had to have carried out these functions.
"At the end of their sessions, Colonel Draper summed up. (I cannot remember the figures. Perhaps David Irvine could supply them.) "Herr Commandant, we have agreed that during your time at Auschwitz, 1.35 million people were killed." "Oh no, Herr Colonel, I make it 1.16million." Both men checked their calculations. "Ah, I see where the discrepancy arises," said Hoess. "You're including November'43, when I was on that course in Munich, as well as the fortnight in March '44 when I was on sick leave. Even though I was Commandant, I was not in day to day control then. I think you should mention that in your report." Gerald agreed to do so."
“Hence, about 3,000,000 died in the large death camps: Bełżec, Chełmno, Auschwitz, Sobibór and Treblinka. Estimating, in accordance with the findings of the judicial investigation, the number of victims at the Chełmno and Treblinka death camps to be about 1,000,000 (to be precise 731,600 at Treblinka and 340,000 at Chełmno), plus about 400,000 for Majdanek and its sub-camps, about 400,000 altogether for Sobibór and Bełżec, about 1,500,000 victims remain for Auschwitz.”
Thirty years later, when Gerald retold the story, the emotions which he had suppressed at the time would seize possession of his soul. It was as if there was a poison in his bloodstream, which the cleansing organs were powerless to eliminate, even after several decades.