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Irma Grese

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Published on Jun 24, 2010

English Translation:
Irma Grese was accepted for the education to become a camp guard in 1942.They were taught how to punish, humiliate and abuse. After finishing this education the women were Aufseherin.

The concentration camp Ravensbrück was a women's camp, but its purpose was also to educate the new camp guards. Here there were 3500 camp guards educated till 1945; also Grese was educated here. After the war she stated that she was send to Ravensbrück by the employment exchange and that the choice wasn't her own. Irma was 18 years when she began the education in Aufsbrück. She was educated by Dorothea Binz, they both had a thing for sadistic practices on the female prisoners.

In March 1943 she was transferred to Auschwitz Birkenau. Here she was called 'The Beautiful Beast' and the 'Blonde Angel of Death'. She began as supervisor but was promoted by her superior Maria Mandel as Head of Sector Bilc also called C-Lager in late 1943. In the summer of 1943 there were 20000 till 30000 female prisoners, they lived under gruesome circumstances. Irma had reached the rank of Oberaufseherin. 10000 of women were stacked in 62 barracks, these women where terrorized by Irma Grese. Grese was beautiful but cruel. She also particapated in the selections of the Camp of doctor Joseph Mengele. In addition she was held responsible for 30 murders a day, continuous beatings, unleashing her starving dogs on the prisoners and abusing the prisoners for her own sadistical and bi-sexual tendencies.

There are also testimonials about how sadistic Grese was, how she would hit the faces of the beautiful women with her whip and how she stabbed the eyes out of girl because she talked through the barbed wire with another prisoner. She also had an interest in the medical experiments, particurlary the amputation of the breasts by women.

When Auschwitz was saved she was transferred to camp Bergen-Belsen. On the 15th of April of 1945 she was captured with Commander Joseph Kramer and other guards by the British. During the trial many survivors of Ravensbruck, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen testified against her. They spoke descriptive about her behaviour and the mortal fear they had for her. Irma Grese didn't see the prisoners as people and therefore didn't see harm in her actions. She claimed they where necessary.

On the 17th of November 1945 she was found guilty of warcrimes and she was sentenced to death by hanging. She hadn't shown much emotion during the trial. Irma Grese was brought to the prison of Hamelen after the trial where she would also be executed.

She was 22 years old when she was executed around 10 in the morning on 13 December 1945.

Sources:
In Dutch - http://www.go2war2.nl/artikel/1667/Gr...
This website is an initiative of the STIWOT which is foundation that provides information about the Second World War.

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