Brigitte Höss lives quietly on a side street in northern Virginia.
Before the 80-year-old Höss retired she worked in a Washington fashion salon for more than 30 years. She recently was diagnosed with cancer and spends much of her days dealing with the medical consequences.
Brigitte Höss has a past that has been kept hidden until now.
Her father Rudolf Höss (pictured above), was the Kommandant of the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp during World War II.
It was Rudolf Höss who designed and built Auschwitz from an old army barracks in Poland to a killing machine capable of murdering 2,000 people an hour.
By the end of the war, 1.1 million Jews had been killed in the camp, along with 20,000 gypsies and tens of thousands of Polish and Russian political prisoners.
As such, Brigitte’s father was one of the biggest mass murderers in history.
For nearly 40 years Brigitte Höss has kept her past out of public view, unexamined, not even sharing her story with her closest family members.
She grew up in a life of luxury so close to Auschwitz she could see the death camp from an upstairs window.
Her father Rudolf Höss was hanged for his war crimes in April, 1947.
The full report here.