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The Nazi Women Of Belsen-Belsen: A Mugshot And Photo Essay

by | 24th, October 2014

Irma Grese, left, SS supervisor at the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen, and the camp's SS commandant Josef Kramer are seen in April 1945. After British troops liberated the camp on April 15, 1945, they were tried for war crimes and hanged in the prison at Hameln. (AP Photo)


AFTER the Belsen-Belksen Nazi concentration camp was liberated, the female guards were arrested. They posed for mugshots. This is the camp where Anne Frank died, succumbing to typhus just weeks before British liberators rolled into the camp.

The women were tried.


1945: THE BELSEN TRIALS. The accused women guards in the dock at the opening of the Belsen concentration camp war crimes trials at Luneberg, Germany. (l-r) Elizabeth Volkenrath, Herta Ehlert, Irma Greese, Ilse Litre and Hilda Lobauer. Belsen was liberated on 15th April 1945.



There were men, too, of course.


The first of the war criminal trials to be held in Germany, when Josef Karmer, “The Beast of Belsen” took his stand in the specially prepared courtroom at Luneburg, together with 29 men and 19 women who will also be charged with the ill-treatment of Allied war prisoners. Josef Kramer, former head of Belsen Horror Camp wearing a placard marked No. 1 on his left is Fritz Klein, No. 2, and right, Peter Weingartner, No. 3, seen in the courtroom at Luneburg, Germany, on Sept. 17, 1945. (AP Photo)



There were the medical men, of course, who liked to experiument on the women. People like Dr Frtiz Klein:


Dr. Fritz Klein, a Nazi officer, stands amongst victims of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp on April 29, 1945. In the campground, under British supervision, are Nazis working to clean up the camp. (AP Photo)



But the women stood out.

Some of the German S.S. women guards at the Belsen concentration camp who were captured after British troops entered the camp on April 15, 1945. The women guards were forced to help in the burial of thousands of victims. (AP Photo)



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