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  •  Irma (2+ / 0-)
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    Sister Havana, brightstar

    My father was a witness at the trial of the Belsen guards. (He was one of the British liberators of the Belsen camp and later supervised the mass burials. Later still he was in command of the guard outside the execution chamber where Irma Grese was hanged - and the ugly sounds he heard made him an opponent of judicial capital punishment.)

    He said that Irma Grese was physically one of the most beautiful women he ever met - except that her eyes were emotionally dead, which gave her a competely chilling presence. A personal friend of his was a member of the British Special Forces Unit that went into Belsen a day before the offical liberation to stop the guards escaping (one of the untold stories of the war)and spoke to her at lenght. This friend was so revolted by the way she spoke about what she had done that he came very close to cutting her throat on the spot.

    Irma Grese came from a family some at least of whom  did not entirely fall in with Nazi enthusiasms - her father forbade her and her sister from joining the BDM. (League of German Girls, the female version of the Hitler Youth). She rebelled against her father and threw herself enthusiastically into work in various Nazi projects. She was in her teens when she became a warden at various Concentration camps. Someone like her was quite of an age to fit in with the person described in this posting.

     

    Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

    by saugatojas on Tue Oct 07, 2008 at 10:54:01 AM PDT

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