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The ordinary faces of evil: Mugshots of female Nazi concentration camp guards
10.22.2014
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The ordinary faces of evil: Mugshots of female Nazi concentration camp guards

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Frieda Walter: sentenced to three years imprisonment.
 
Though their actions were monstrous, they are not monsters. There are no horns, no sharp teeth, no demonic eyes, no number of the Beast. They are just ordinary women. Mothers, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, widows, spinsters. Ordinary women, ordinary human beings.

In the photographs they look shameful, guilty, scared, brazen, stupid, cunning, disappointed, desperate, confused. These women were Nazi guards at the Belsen-Bergen concentration camp during the Second World War, and were all tried and found guilty of carrying out horrendous crimes against their fellow human beings—mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons. Interesting how “evil” looks just like you and me.
 
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Hilde Liesewitz: sentenced to one year imprisonment.
 
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Gertrude Feist: sentenced to five years imprisonment.
 
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Gertrude Saurer: sentenced to ten years imprisonment.
 
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Anna Hempel: sentenced to ten years imprisonment.
 
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Herta Bothe accompanied a death march of woman from central Poland to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. She was sentenced to ten years imprisonment but was released early from prison on December 22nd, 1951.
 
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Hildegard Lohbauer: sentenced to ten years imprisonment.
 
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Ilse Forster: sentenced to ten years imprisonment.
 
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Helene Kopper: sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment.
 
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Herta Ehlert: sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment.
 
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Elizabeth Volkenrath: Head Wardess at Belsen-Bergen: sentenced to death. She was hanged on 13 December 1945.
 
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Juana Bormann: sentenced to death.
 
Via Vintage Everyday
 

Posted by Paul Gallagher
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