Think it just all about Hitler and his evil henchmen? Well, not so – there were henchwomen too, and they were just as badass as the men. Maybe even more so, since they had to make up for creating the “huevos” they weren’t born with.
Many of the staff from the Nazi concentration camps were arrested and tried for murder and acts of brutality against their prisoners after World War II. Some 3,600 women worked in the concentration camps and around 60 stood trial for before War Crimes Tribunals between 1945 and 1949. Of these 21 were executed. In total, 5,025 men and women were convicted of war crimes in the American, British and French zones and over 500 of these were sentenced to death, with the majority executed.
Female Nazis (AKA Nasty Nazi Bitch) were generally low to middle class and had no work experience. Volunteers were enlisted by ads in German newspapers which asked for women to show their love for the Reich and join the SS-Gefolge. They held positional titles similar to the male SS ranks; essentially equal. The roles were specific, as per Hitler’s orders. Other women supported their husbands who were commanders and cabinet ministers in their anti-Semitic policies. Here are the top 10 heinous female Nazis.
10. Maria Mandel
Maria Mandel was a Nazi official who worked inside Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp and Dachau concentration camp. She was the highest ranking a woman in a camp could receive. She only answered to the commandant. Her job was to control all female prisoners and all female assistants.
She was directly responsible for some 500,000 women dying. Many witnesses remembered her standing at the gates of Auschwitz-Birkenau waiting for inmates to look at her. She would then pick those who looked at her for immediate extermination.
In May, 1945, Maria fled into the mountains of southern Bavaria. Soon after she entered her former birthplace at Munzkirchen, Austria. United States armed forces personnel arrested Mandel on August 10, 1945 and interrogated her. They handed her over to Poland in November, 1946.
In November, 1947, she stood trial in a Krakow courtroom and was sentenced to death. She was hanged on January 24, 1948
9. Herta Oberheuser
This Nazi bitch was a “doctor” at the Ravensbrück concentration camp. But like so many of the twisted physicians oin the party, her values were just crazy. Oberheuser injected healthy children with oil and watched them die a slow and painful death. When dead she was known to remove their limbs and vital organs. 74 of her victims were Polish political prisoners and 86 were women. If that was not enough, she rubbed foreign objects on wounds. This sadistic and so called physician/assistant got a slap on the wrist for assisting in the medical experiments.
Oddly enough, she tried to practice medicine after being released from prison in 1951 for good behavior. Thank goodness her license was revoked. Assistant or no assistant, her silence and privy to gruesome murders deserve to be listed on here.
8. Irma Grese
Irma Grese was one the most notorious of the female Nazi war criminals and was one of the relatively small number of women who had worked in the concentration camps that were hanged for war crimes by the Allies. She became the youngest woman executed under British jurisdiction in the 20th century and was also the youngest of the concentration camp guards to be hanged. The Bitch of Belsen, as she was affectionately known, was employed at Ravensbrück and Auschwitz and was a warden in the women section at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
She beat many of her victims with a whip before shooting them. Furthermore she let her unfed dogs loose on many prisoners at Bergen Belsen. According to witnesses, she was sadistic and took sexual pleasure out of killing people in cold blood. Individually one by one, she and other culpable women were hanged on December 13, 1945. She had no remorse for her crimes until her last dying breath.
7. Ilse Koch
Ilse Koch was known as the “Bitch of Buchenwald.” Since her husband was also a SS worker at the camp, she would sometimes bring her dogs and have them attack the women prisoners. She was said to ride around on a horse and chose specific prisoners to be gassed, especially those which had elaborate tattoos.
After the prisoners were killed, Koch would take their skins and tan and leather them. She collected the human skins, turning them into gloves, lampshades, book covers, furniture in her home and other household and clothing items.
She was convicted once and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1947, but the sentence was reduced and Koch was released. She was re-arrested in 1949 and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1951. She committed suicide in 1967.
6. Juana Bormann
Juana Bormann was a murderous SS woman, who served in the deathcamp Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. She was known as The woman with the dogs, who took sadistic pleasure in setting her wolfhounds on prisoners to tear them to pieces. Juana Bormann joined the SS as a civilian employee on March 1, 1938, because – as she later said during The Belsen Trial: “I could earn more money”.
She was tried and hanged on December 13, 1945 along with her infamous female co-worker Irma Grese.
5. Ruth Closius-Neudeck
Neudeck was Blockführerin (Barrack Overseer), and known for unbending brutality towards the women prisoners. In December 1944, she was moved to the Uckermark extermination complex down the road from Ravensbrück, where she was directly involved in the selection and execution of over 5,000 women and children. In March 1945, Neudeck became head of the Barth subcamp.
In late April 1945, she fled from the camp, was later captured and put in prison while the British Army investigated her crimes. In April 1948, she stood accused at the third Ravensbrück Trial, along with other SS women. The twenty-eight-year-old former SS supervisor confessed to all the accusations of murder and maltreatment in her deposition.
The British court found her guilty of war crimes. She was executed by hanging on July 29, 1948.
4. Magda Goebbels
She was the wife of Propaganda Minister, Joseph Goebbels. As the prime Nazi hostess, she put pretty little ribbons around the atrocities being handed out in the field, hosting soirees for wives of foreign heads of state other dignitaries.
Although she did not directly participate in the extermination process, she still was prominent. She egged her husband on in his anti-Semitic propaganda. Furthermore, she sat back and did nothing while her Jewish step father was dying in Buchenwald concentration camp. Passive in my book is as bad as being aggressive. She had the power to do something and she did not. In the end she helped kill all her children and her step father and like so many other cowardly Nazis, she cheated the gallows and public shame by committing suicide. She and her husband both offed themselves unceremoniously.
3. Elizabeth Marschall
Elizabeth Marschall was the head nurse at Ravensbrück concentration camp, though like most Nazi female medical staff, the term “nurse” is used sparingly. She oversaw the medical experimentation of many prisoners in Ravensbrück. Many of the experiments were done on newborn babies who did not survive past 4 weeks. She also played an active role in the selection process for the gas chamber, where it was estimated that she hand-picked over 800 women to be transported to Auschwitz and ultimately their deaths. She was hanged on June 26, 1947 for her crimes.
2. Vera Salvequart
Vera Salvequart, a nurse at Ravensbrück concentration camp, played an active role in the extermination process. She poisoned the sick to prevent them from being transported to the gas chambers. She also oversaw the gassing of 1000s of women in the concentration camp. She later would fill out the death certificates and inspect the teeth in the dead bodies for gold, which was collected and sent back the head office. On June 26, 1947 she was hanged for her crimes.
1. Jenny Wanda Barkmann
This Nazi bitch was a concentration camp guard during World War II. She brutalized prisoners and directly participated in the selection process where women and children were sent to the gas chambers. Known as the “beautiful spectre”, she tried to use her charm and beauty to woo British prison wardens. But this had no effect, as her good looks got her nowhere but the gallows, where she was hanged in for her crimes.
And to all the heinous nasty Nazi bitches on this list and everywhere else in the world, goodbye and good riddance – nobody misses you.