"the autobiography of Rudolf Höss"
Rudolf Höss was the commandant of Auschwitz from 1940-1943. He evaded capture at the end of the war by adopting a false identity, but was eventually apprehended in 1946. He appeared as a witness during the Nuremberg trials, and was then tried himself in Poland at the Supreme National Tribunal. He was sentenced to death, and wrote his autobiography in the fortnight leading up to his execution. It is a factual account of the administration of Auschwitz and was first published in 1958, with royalties going to help survivors of the camp. Primo Levi wrote an introduction which is still used; it said, “This book...is filled with evil...and reading it is agony.”