HITLER`S CRUEL WOMEN
By Roni Alasor
Brussels, 3 March 2021 - Middle East Diplomatic - Nazis were not only Germans, men or killers. To commit their crimes, Adolf Hitler, Reichsführer of SS Heinrich Himmler, Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and his secretary Frau Brunhilde Pomsel also were biggest liars, manipulators and they suffered from different illness connected to mental disorders such as schizophrenia, megalomania, hysteria or paranoid. They become more aggressive and danger when they got understanding and applause for their lies from people around them, often from people in the same level as them self.
Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels said often: To the men and women, in the street level, if you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, in the end, even you self will believe in your own lies. Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident they are acting on their own free will. There is no point in seeking to convert the intellectuals. Truth is unimportant and entirely subordinate to tactics and psychology.
Women are mothers, but at the same time they are also most oppressed in our human history. However the human history is also full of the worst barbaric female rulers.
When we talk about Nazis and brutality of Second World War, killing of tens of millions of people, we are thinking and talking often about men. But people around Hitler and those who participated brutal crimes were not only men, also Nazi women played a crucial role in many cruelties, especially in the concentrations camps, as well as police-security guards, physiologists, physicians, nurses had same symptoms (Maschinen des Terrors (Gerhard Armansky). The facts showing that most brutal crimes against women and children were also done by female Nazis.
There have been many hundreds of books and thousands of articles telling about the brutalities women played during Nazi regimes in Germany and in Europe. One of the book written by Wendy Lower, “Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields”. Lower, a professor of history at California’s Claremont McKenna College, highlights the roles that women played in Adolph Hitler’s Third Reich and the Holocaust.
According Lower’s book, approximately 500,000 women were assigned to the Eastern Front Poland and the Western Soviet Union, especially Ukraine, Belarus and the Baltic republics, or volunteered to go, seeking to “fulfil their ambitions and the regime’s expectations, to experience something new, and to further the Nazi cause” (p.85).
Approximately 3,500 women found roles as prison guards only on the Eastern Front, very few of whom “exhibited a humane attitude toward the prisoners in their purview” (p.21).
Female guards could “choose how cruel and sadistic to be toward prisoners” (p.52). When female guards abusively managed the prisoner population, Lower argues, they “helped make mass murder standard operating procedure. They lent their organizational know-how and individual skills to the machinery of destruction” (p.109). However, the “first Nazi mass murderess was not the concentration camp guard but the women-nurse” (p.120).
According to one other book, “A Guide to Female Nazi Guards, Auschwitz, Camp Hierarchy”, written story by Ernst Israel Bornstein, a Polish-born Jewish holocaust survivor, just some of brutal female worst Nazists in Auschwitz concentration camps were Irma Ida Ilse Grese, Maria Mandl, Herta Bothe, Elizabeth Volkenrath and Ilse Koch.
Ernst Israel Bornstein is the author of `Die Lange Nacht`, which was printed in 1967 and translated into English in 2015 as `The Long Night`. It is a personal recollection of his time in 7 different concentration camps and several death marches ending in 1945. The book has been endorsed by David Cameron, Lord Finkelstein and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and is one of the chosen books for Holocaust Memorial Day 2018.
The article in Holocaust Matters from stories by Ernest Israel Bornstein showing that it was not only men who were cruel and brutal in those consantration camps. But female Nazis were not better then Nazi men. Here is the short stories from Ernest Israel Bornstein:
A point of fascination for many people and historians alike has been the role of women in the Holocaust, specifically female members of the SS and the Nazi party. Due to the stereotyping of women throughout history, many have been utterly shocked by the actions of female Nazi guards because, other than the actions being unspeakable, they were simply female. This, of course, is a pretty outdated view as evil has no gender and it is perfectly plausible for the perpetrators to be male or female”.
Nevertheless, in this guide, we will be shedding light on some of the most notorious female Nazi guards and what role they played in the Holocaust. Female-guards Female Nazi Guards tended to be from lower to middle-class backgrounds and usually had no relevant work experience under their belt upon recruitment. It was also common for their professional backgrounds to heavily vary since there were no requirements other than simply being willing to carry out orders.
There was a feeder organisation known as The League of German Girls which acted as a means of indoctrination of young women to then push them into wanting to become part of the SS. It has been documented that the SS men were told by Himmler to regard any female SS members as their equals and their comrades.
Irma Ida Ilse Grese was an SS guard serving at the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Ravensbrück. She also served as a warden on the women’s section of Bergen-Belsen. After the liberation of the camps, Grese was convicted of crime s involving murder and ill-treatmen t of prisoners and was consequently sentenced to death at the age of 22 during the Belsen trial. She was famous for being the youngest woman to die under British Law in the 20th Century. Grese is particularly notorious for her sexual violence against inmates and her frequent sexu al relationships with other SS guards – she was regarded as a nymphomaniac.
One of her lovers was Josef Mengele, Angel of Death. She was part of the gas chamber selection and often chose women based on whether she believed them to be more beautiful than she was. Grese had a thing for personal-grooming, expensive custom clothing and the overuse of perfume – which was believed to be a deliberate act of sadism against them female inmates who obviously had nothing.
Maria Mandl was an Austrian SS guard working at Auschwitz, where she is believed to have been responsible for over 500,000 deaths of female inmates.At the start of her career, Mandl oversaw things like daily roll calls as well as punishments such as beatings. She later progressed to being the top Female ranked guard with full control and say over the female Auschwitz camps and female sub camps.
Mandl earned herself the nickname “The Beast” after she was regularly known for partaking in the selection for the gas chambers and other forms of mass murder. Mandl created the Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz which was for the purposes of accompanying executions, selections, transportations and daily roll call. According to a Holocaust survivor, Lucia Adelsberger, the female inmates were made to march in time to the music, even after coming back exhausted from forced labour. For her crimes against humanity, Mandl was executed at the age of 36.
Herta Bothe was a Nazi concentration camp guard at Ravensbrück-stutthof and Bergen-Belsen. She was recorded to have been 6ft 3 and known as the “Sadist of Stutthof” due to her merciless beatings of female prisoners. At the age of 24, she accompanied a death march of women from central Poland to Bergen-Belsen. At the Belsen trial, she claimed that she had stuck prisoners with her hand as a means of discipline but never used an instrument to do so, nor did she claim to have killed anyone. She was sentenced to ten years in prison and is still alive today. In a rare interview she said:
“Did I make a mistake? No. The mistake was that it was a concentration camp, but I had to go to it, otherwise, I would have been put into it myself. That was my mistake.”
She also outlined that when the camps were liberated, she was forced to bury rotting corpses in mass graves. She stated that those forces were not allowed to wear gloves and had to carry them themselves with no aid whatsoever.
Elizabeth Volkenrath was a supervisor as a variety of Nazi Concentration camps during World War II. Volkenrath was in charge of selecting prisoners for the gas chambers and later became in charge of all camp selections for female prisoners. She stood trial in the Belsen trial and was eventually sentenced to death after being found guilty of crimes against humanity.
Ilse Koch, Strictly speaking, IIse was not an SS guard herself but her husband Karl Koch was the commander of Buchenwald. Using his power, he granted her a position in the camp where she earned a reputation and was called the “Witch of Buchenwald”.
She was known to have often inspected prisoners upon arrival to see if they had any interesting tattoos on their skin. If she ever saw anything she liked, she would have the prisoners killed and use their skin to make items like lampshades or book covers. Koch was actually acquitted in 1944 after the lack of evidence, whereas her husband was executed. Later, she was sentenced to life imprisonment and later committed suicide in 1967 at the age of 60 out of shame and desperation. It has been reported that she suffered from severe delusions where she became convinced that any concentration camp survivors would come and attack her in her cell."
The list of Most Evil Women In Nazi Camps are long, but just to mention some few more: Dorothea Binz, La Binz, Juana Bormann, “Wiesel,” “The Woman with the Dogs”, Greta Bosel, Herta Bothe (Sadist of Stutthoff), Hildegard Lächert (“Bloody Brigette,” “Beast”), Wanda Klaff, Alice Orlowski, Ruth Neudeck and many thousands of women ...