Maria Mandl at trial. Mandl’s favorites for execution were children. She enjoyed the selection process for execution so much that she even created an orchestra that would play when prisoners came to the camp and on their way to be executed.
Irma Grese and Josef Kramer in prison in Celle in August 1945. Irma Grese was known as The Beautiful Beast, as well as The Blonde Angel. Like Maria Mandl, she earned her name through her actions. Many prisoners found her to be attractive, but she was one of the most brutal of the female guards. She carried a pistol and whip, and always wore black leather boots.Grese was said to have ordered inmates to gas chambers and to have her starved dogs attack prisoners.
Luise Danz in 1947. There may still be female guards alive to this day. Luise Danz was a guard at several camps in Poland. She was originally sentenced to life in prison but received amnesty several years later. She was re-arrested on new charges in 1996, but the charges were dropped. It’s not known for certain if she is still alive.
KLStutthof , Poland,Main gate with watchtower called Gate of Death. Stuttof was the first camp based outside of German borders and was integrated into the concentration camp system after a visit by Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler in 1941. The camp saw mass-murder of around 27,000 Jews, Gypsies, and many more “undesirables” over the course of the war. The camp was evacuated in January 1945, and the remaining prisoners were then sent on death marches.Source: By Ludwig Schneider.
Mauthausen quarry. This is one of the most notorious photos of World War II. Imagine having that rock on your back and then having to wait patiently just for the chance to walk up the stairs and set it down – then walk back down and grab another.
Seventy years after the liberation of the concentration camps, the trial of Oskar Gröning, former accountant of Auschwitz, opened on April 21 in Lüneburg, in northern Germany, and could be the last of a former Nazi.