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October 1, 2013

New book tells about Nazi women who joined the men “on shooting parties in the snow, hunting and killing Jews for sport”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, movies — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 11:01 am
Irme Grese and Kramer are guarded by a British soldier at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp

Irma Grese and Josef Kramer are guarded by a British soldier at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp

A regular reader of my blog provided a link to a news article which you can read in full here. The photo shown above was included in the article.  It shows a British soldier guarding Irma Grese, one of the female guards at the Bergen-Belsen camp; standing next to her is Josef Kramer, the last Commandant of Bergen-Belsen.

New book about female perpetrators in the Holocaust

New book about female perpetrators in the Holocaust

The article, in the British newspaper Mail Online, is about a new book entitled Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, written by Professor Wendy Lower, who currently lives and teaches in Munich, Germany

This quote is from the news article cited above:

Even more caught up in the criminal madness were administrators such as Liselotte Meier, who worked so closely with her strutting boss, an SS officer, that they were almost indistinguishable. She joined him on shooting parties in the snow, hunting and killing Jews for sport. […]

In support of the men, women even manned refreshment tables during executions so the killers could take a break. […]

Another SS wife, Lisel Willhaus, wife of a camp commandant, used to sit on the balcony of their house and take pot shots at Jewish prisoners with her rifle.

Also in Poland was Vera Wohlauf, whose husband Julius commanded a police battalion ordered in 1942 to round up 11,000 Jewish inhabitants of a small town for transportation to Treblinka for liquidation.

She sat by her husband in the front seat of the lorry that led a convoy of killers to the town, and stood in the market square brandishing a whip as nearly a thousand who resisted the round-up or collapsed in the summer heat were beaten to death or shot.

She was pregnant at the time, a further incongruity.

In the Ukraine, 22-year-old secretary Johanna Altvater played an even more prominent role in a massacre while working for regional commissar Wilhelm Westerheide.

During the liquidation of a Jewish ghetto, Fräulein Hanna, as she was known, was seen in her riding breeches prodding men, women and children into a truck ‘like a cattle herder’.

The news article includes two versions of the same photo of Irma Grese, which is shown at the top of my blog post.  However, the book does not include the story of Irma Grese. It is about 11 young women who served as secretaries, nurses, or in other functions on the Eastern Front.

The brief mention of Irma Grese, in the news article, is quoted here:

The few women ever called to account were notorious concentration camp guards — the likes of Irma Grese and Ilse Koch — whose evil was so extreme they could be explained away as freaks and beasts, not really ‘women’ at all.

The caption on the photo, shown at the top of my blog post, is this:

Guilty: Irma Grese, nicknamed ‘The Beautiful Beast’ pictured with Joseph Kramer who was commandant of Auschwitz and later Belsen concentration camps. She was hanged aged 22 in 1945 and him in 1946

What heinous crimes had Irma Grese and Josef Kramer committed?

The news article doesn’t tell us, so I will have to tell you: The two of them were guilty of gross stupidity.

When the Bergen-Belsen camp was VOLUNTARILY turned over to the British, these two were standing at the gate into the camp, offering their help in taking care of the prisoners; there was a typhus epidemic in the camp that was out of control.

Sign on the gate at Bergen-Belsen warns that there is a typhus epidemic

Sign on the gate at Bergen-Belsen warns that there is a typhus epidemic

To add to the misery of the prisoners, the Belsen camp had been bombed by the British and the water pump had been hit, so there was no fresh water available.

Yet, instead of escaping from the camp, these two vicious war criminals, Josef Kramer and Irma Grese, were standing at the gate, ready to greet the British and offer their help.

STUPID, STUPID, STUPID!  They should have escaped to South America, as did Dr. Josef Mengele and Adolf Eichmann.  What were they thinking?

According to Michael Berenbaum, in his book The World Must Know, Commandant Josef Kramer greeted British officer Derrick Sington at the entrance to the Belsen camp, wearing a fresh uniform.

Berenbaum wrote that Kramer expressed his desire for an orderly transition and his hopes of collaborating with the British. According to Berenbaum, Kramer dealt with them as equals, one officer to another, even offering advice as to how to deal with the “unpleasant situation.”

That same day, Commandant Kramer was arrested by the British; five months later he and Irma Grese were  brought before a British Military Tribunal and both were convicted as war criminals.

Josef Krama was arrested by the British on the same day that he offered to help with the typhus epidemic in the camp

Josef Kramer was arrested by the British on the same day that he offered to help with the typhus epidemic that was out of control in the Belsen camp

At the British Military Tribunal after World War II, the Germans, who had been associated with the Belsen camp, were put on trial. Survivors of  the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp testified that Grese had habitually worn jack boots, and that she carried a plaited cellophane whip and a pistol.

Grese was also accused of being always accompanied by a vicious dog. The prisoners claimed that Irma was sadistic and that she derived sexual pleasure from beating the women prisoners with her cellophane riding crop. Witnesses claimed that Irma Grese had beaten women prisoners to death at Auschwitz and had shot others in cold blood.

The accusations of murder, against Irma Grese, were made in affidavits, and none of the accusations were corroborated. Survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau even claimed that there were lamp shades, made out of the skins of three women prisoners, found in Grese’s room at Birkenau. Of course, no evidence of this was introduced at her trial. The most serious charge against Irma Grese, by the British Military Tribunal, was that she had been present when inmates at Birkenau were selected for the gas chamber and that she had participated, in the selections, by forcing the women to line up for inspection by Dr. Mengele.

At her trial, Grese denied having a dog, beating prisoners to death or shooting anyone, although she did admit to hitting prisoners with her cellophane whip even though it was forbidden for the Overseers to beat the prisoners. She stated that she continued to use her whip even after being ordered not to by Commandant Kramer.

At her trial before the British Military Tribunal at Lüneburg, Germany in 1945, the following testimony was given by Ilona Stein in a Deposition:

“Whilst at Birkenau I have seen Grese making selections with Dr. Mengele of people to be sent to the gas chamber. On these parades Grese herself chose the people to be killed in this way. In one selection about August, 1944, there were between 2000 and 3000 selected. At this selection, Grese and Mengele were responsible for selecting those for the gas chamber. People chosen would sometimes sneak away from the line and hide themselves under their beds. Grese would go and find them, beat them until they collapsed and then drag them back into line again. I have seen everything I describe. It was general knowledge in this camp that persons selected in this way went to the gas chamber.”

The testimony against Irma Grese, which is quoted above was given in a Deposition.  (A deposition is a legal document, which is given by a witness who does not take the witness stand in court.)  At her trial, Irma Grese admitted to being aware that prisoners were gassed at Birkenau; she stated that this was common knowledge in the camp and that she had been told by the prisoners about the gassing. She admitted that she was present when selections were made and that she had helped to line up the prisoners, but she denied making the selections herself. Irma Grese was hanged for her crime of helping with the selection of prisoners for the gas chamber and for her crime of using a cellophane whip, although she had been ordered not to use a whip by Josef Kramer.


  1. You people are a bunch of fucking lunatics!!! Alternative history….fucking retards…all of you!

    Comment by Wilhelm — May 20, 2015 @ 6:43 pm

    • What’s alternative history ? I know the definition And how it relates to the word history. The only thing I see here area opinions and questioning the facts .

      Comment by Tim — May 20, 2015 @ 8:40 pm

  2. Humans hunting humans. That story is old as time itself. They should’ve come up with something more original

    Comment by Tim — April 23, 2015 @ 9:52 am

  3. “Another SS wife, Lisel Willhaus, wife of a camp commandant, used to sit on the balcony of their house and take pot shots at Jewish prisoners with her rifle.”

    This is a claim from a Soviet Extraordinary State Commission report on the Lwow region, which was also broadcast in English on TASS on December 23, 1944. The broadcast version stated the following:

    “The Commandant of Yanovska Camp Obersturmfuehrer Wilhaus, for sport and for the pleasure of his wife and daughter, regularly fired from a tommy-gun from the balcony of the camp office at war prisoners who worked in the workshops, and then passed over his tommy-gun to his wife who also shot at them. Sometimes to please his nine-years-old daughter Wilhaus made someone toss two four-years-old children into the air and fired at them. His daughter used to applaud and cry: “Papa, do it again, papa – do it again!” – and he fired.”

    Schindler’s list resurrected the part about shooting at prisoners from a balcony, albeit at a completely different camp.

    Comment by holocausthistorychannel — October 1, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

    • actually with Russia being a soviet report,I’m hard pressed to say there’s any truth. Truth be known,Russia probably came up with this crap to make the Krauts look like the worst group in the lot. Don’t forget uncle Adolph,f**ked papa Joe . Said he wouldn’t invade Russia . Turned right around and told Stalin ,”kiss my ass”

      Comment by Tim — May 20, 2015 @ 8:24 pm

  4. Women taking part in human hunting parties. The jewish imagination knows no boundaries. After more than 3 decades of mental conditioning, the jewish storytellers will invent tales more and more sadistic and absurd and the stupid goyim will believe them…

    About Ilse ‘Human Skin Lampshades’ Koch, it’s good to remind she was released by American General Lucius D. Clay (the administrator of occupied Germany after World War II) for a short time, before being put to jail again because it was easier to do that than to explain the subtleties of atrocity propaganda and Syke Warfare to the American citizens (who were very angry when they heard that “The Bitch of Buchenwald” had just been released).

    Comment by hermie — October 1, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    • Ilse Koch had a second trial, re-arrested in 1949 and tried before a West German court. The hearing opened November 1950 before a Court at Augsburg and lasted seven weeks, during which 250 witnesses were heard, including 50 for the defense. On 15 January 1951, the Court pronounced its verdict, in a 111-page long decision, for which Koch was not present in court and on 15 January 1951 was sentenced to life imprisonment and permanent forfeiture of civil rights. She appealed to have the judgement quashed, but the appeal was dismissed in April 1952 by the Federal Court of Justice.
      Koch committed suicide by hanging herself at Aichach women’s prison (South of Munich) on 1 September 1967 she was 60 years old. Koch’s body is buried in an unmarked and untended grave in the cemetery at Aichach.
      When it comes to the use of human skin, society has changed and considers it now as abhorrent. It must have been common practice in the 1700’s and before to use it from dead villains as book covers and other items. Some people still have them as ‘Collectors Items’!

      Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — October 2, 2013 @ 12:34 am

      • Dear Mr Stolpmann,
        The human skin lampshade has always been rumour. it has never been produced and the one shown by US psyc at Buchenwald has disappeared. it was a prop like the shrunken heads which were from the local museum at Jena. As for the German courts post war the search for justice has never been a priority and the judges have always been happy to interpret the law to satisfy their masters who to this day reside in the US.
        As for being common practice in the eighteenth century I very much doubt this unless you have got some links on the internet.

        Comment by peter — October 2, 2013 @ 12:58 am

        • Herbert Stolpmann wrote: “Ilse Koch had a second trial, re-arrested in 1949 and tried before a West German court. The hearing opened November 1950 before a Court at Augsburg and lasted seven weeks, during which 250 witnesses were heard”

          You can rely on kangaroo courts verdicts if you want to. But I don’t. The political bias of those ‘trials’ was too obvious for me . Sorry… 😉

          And 250 million ‘witnesses’ would change nothing to my opinion on that ridiculous Witch trial and the other postwar lynching parties of former Nazis and the National Socialist ideology itself.

          Postwar ”German’ puppet ‘court or American ‘court’, what’s the difference anyway?

          Comment by hermie — October 2, 2013 @ 7:26 am

        • Peter
          There are a few links on the internet,(I will find one for you later) however why I was certain of my facts, my Great-Grand-Father had a number of books, some in Latin script, in his library that were covered with human skins, You could sometimes make out which part of the body had been used for tanning and preparation for the binding process. I quote from one of the links:
          Skin for binding books typically came from executed criminals, along with anatomy lab cadavers; at one point, dissection was actually included in criminal sentences for particularly heinous crimes, capitalizing on a religious belief that people who were dissected would not be resurrected at the Last Judgment. In some cases, people apparently willed their skin to authors or book binders after their death; in the 20th century, prominent animal rights activist Ingrid Newkirk echoed this practice in a publicity stunt, auctioning off a piece of her skin for charity with the proviso that the skin would be made available after her death.
          Historically, anatomy books were common candidates for human skin binding; some examples of anatomy books even include samples of tattoos on their bindings. In a few cases, accounts of famous criminals were bound in the skin of their subjects. Human skin binding was also used for a range of other books, including religious texts.

          Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — October 2, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

          • Peter
            Link as to the use of human skins:

            Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — October 2, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

            • A reference from Wisegeek is about as worthless as a link to a reference to the Holocaust Memorial museum. Actually it is probably worse.

              Comment by peter — October 3, 2013 @ 3:18 am

              • I give you another reference, which I translated from German for you:
                The practice of binding books in human skin is almost impossible to find today. However, some historical examples exist, most in university libraries and private collections. There is a book on Spanish law in the library of Harvard Law School and a textbook on human body at the Brown University.[It further states,sic]:
                According to tradition, among other things, the skin of dissected cadavers and those of convicted criminals were used after the execution. Today the anthropodermische Bibliopegie is mainly found in books and films of the horror genre – the most famous example being the Necronomicon, the HP Lovecraft mentioned in his stories.
       If you live in the States , why not check with the Harvard School of Law ?
                Perrhaps you believe what is written about the practice on another link: Anthropodermic bibliopegy-, unless your name is “Thomas”
                Kind Regards

                Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — October 4, 2013 @ 1:43 am

  5. Poor Irma strikes me as a rather naive girl who wasn’t particularly bright who ended up as a minor cog in the system. She was after all only 21 years old and I doubt she knew what if anything was going on at Auschwitz. She probably heard all sorts of rumours whilst in Auschwitz and of course after her sojourn there . No doubt her British interrogators suggested a version of events for her which would help her avoid a severe penalty . I doubt that she was particularly cruel but anyone who is over 30 hates to be told what to do by a young naive girl and she probably made a lot of enemies.
    Hanged by Affidavits ! Well that’s British justice for you!
    Incidentally in the “British” film directed by Adrian Shergold the celebrated last British hangman Albert Pierrepoint is portrayed. . In the film Irma is shown as spitting at Pierrepoint and shouting ” Jewish swine ” at him. Her execution as well as Kramer’s is set to the Blue Danube. Nice touch I though from the “British” director. In fact Pierrepoint only makes one reference to Grese when he describes her as a “bonny lass ” in his autobiography.

    Comment by peter — October 1, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

    • 18 or 22 you do know the difference of killing murder and hate, the problem with all this is of course proving she did all the things she is supposed to have done. Today if she went to court she would have got a life sentence of maybe fifteen years

      Comment by treborc — April 15, 2015 @ 3:32 pm

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