Josef Erber

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Josef Erber (birth name: Josef Houstek) (16 October 1897 in Ottendorf — 1987) was an SS-Oberscharführer at Auschwitz concentration camp. He was in charge of the crematoria.[1]

Erber is mentioned several times in the account of Sonderkommando member Filip Müller, and is noted to have been among the most notoriously cruel of the SS personnel.[2]

After serving at Auschwitz, in 1944, Josef Houstek changed his name to Josef Erber.


  • Müller, Filip (1999) [1979]. 'Eyewitness Auschwitz - Three Years in the Gas Chambers. trans. Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd. and Susanne Flatauer. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee & in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. p. 180. ISBN 1-56663-271-4. 
  1. ^ "Zyklon Introduction Columns - Erber's Testimony". Holocaust History Project. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  2. ^ Müller, Filip. Eyewitness Auschwitz - Three Years in the Gas Chambers.