There were women in the SS? Who knew!
I rushed to Wikipedia and looked it up, just to make sure: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_guards_in_Nazi_concentration_camps
Here’s what Wikipedia says:
The Aufseherinnen were female guards in Nazi concentration camps during The Holocaust. Of the 55,000 guards who served in Nazi concentration camps, about 3,700 were women. In 1942, the first female guards arrived at Auschwitz and Majdanek from Ravensbrück. The year after, the Nazis began conscripting women because of a guard shortage. The German title for this position, Aufseherin (plural Aufseherinnen) means female overseer or attendant. Later female guards were dispersed to Bolzano (1944–45), Kaiserwald-Riga (1943-44), Mauthausen (March–May 1945), Neue Bremm (1943–44), Stutthof (1942–45), Vaivara (1943–44), Vught (1943–44), and at other Nazi concentration camps, subcamps, work camps, detention camps, etc.
Wikipedia does not say that women were members of the SS. But it doesn’t matter. Germany is running out of 90-year-old men to put on trial, so now they are going after a 91-year-old woman.
Was this 91 year old woman responsible for killing Jews at Auschwitz? Of course — she was there, wasn’t she? That makes her guilty.
I blogged about Herte Botha, a female guard at Bergen Belsen in this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/herte-bothe-a-cruel-female-guard-at-bergen-belsen-who-served-time-in-prison/
I previously blogged about Irma Grese at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/irma-grese/