Hanns Alexander

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Hanns Alexander (6 May 1917 – 23 December 2006) was a German Jewish refugee who tracked down and arrested the Kommandant of Auschwitz Rudolf Höss.[1]

Born in Berlin to father Alfred Alexander and mother Henny Alexander, he grew up in Weimar Germany. In 1936 the family fled to England.[2]

In 1940, he joined the Royal Pioneer Corps and in 1945 he became an interpreter for the No. 1 War Crimes Investigation Team at Belsen.[3]

Later that year he became a full-time Nazi hunter who tracked down and arrested Gustav Simon and Rudolf Höss.[4]

After the War he had a long professional career as a merchant banker at S.G. Warburg. Hanns Alexander died in London at age 89.[5]

His story is featured in the book Hanns and Rudolf by Thomas Harding.


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  1. ^ Harding, Thomas (September 2013). Hanns and Rudolf: The True Story of the German Jew Who Tracked Down and Caught the Kommandant of Auschwitz. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0 434 02236 6, p. 288, Note to Chapter One, [page] 11.  External link in |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Washington Post: Hanns and Rudolf"
  3. ^ "Newsweek: 1 War Crimes Investigation Team"
  4. ^ "Guardian: My Uncle The Nazi Hunter"
  5. ^ "Daily Mail: Remarkable story of a Jewish Refugee"