Irma Grese was accused of being the most notorious SS guard in the history of Auschwitz.
She was in charge of Krema Three
She came to Auschwitz camp from the small village of Wrechen, at the age of 18
She was accused of being the lover to Josef Mengele and camp commandant Kramer, among others. She was said to have coerced Jews into perverted sexual acts. Her brutality included choosing who would go to the gas chamber, beatings, whippings, shootings and skinning of three Jews.
She was brought to trial by a kangaroo court, the 12 prosecution witnesses were hysterical Jewesses that wanted blood. She denied all the absurd charges, but was found guilty, and was hung.
The Jewish witnesses were in the camps for being criminals and Communist partisans.
After a fifty three day trial she was sentenced to hang.
Irma Grese’s Defense
At 16, I was an apprentice nurse at Hohenluchen, next the Labour Exchange stationed me at a dairy in Fürstenburg. In July, 1942, I was sent to Ravensbrück Concentration Camp, which I protested against it. In March, 1943, when I went to Birkenau Camp in Auschwitz, In January, 1945, I was sent to Belsen.
I was not SS, women are not allowed to be inducted into the SS, I was as Aufseherin (assistant). I was a postal clerk in the mail-room, answered telephones, and working in the commandant’s gardening squad, arranged SS funerals at Belsen. At Auschwitz I took roll call for section C.
On 13 December 1945, at Hameln Jail, Irma and 11 others were sentenced to death and were to be hanged by Ronald Cook, assisted by Regimental Sergeant-Major O’Neill.
MP’s refused orders
Sgt O’Hare and Cpl Rick Smith were court marshaled for refusing to walk her to the gallows.
Irma was called “Stirb nicht” or little singer
She would sing German folk ballads at night in her cell. She hummed these tunes as she walked to the gallows.
The hangman commits suicide
Ronald Cook the original hangman refused. Major Jerome Burdik ordered him to, and that night he went home and shot himself.
Albert Peirpont was on record as the hangman ,but in 1978 two of Irma’s MPs revealed the truth.
She bravely went to the gallows, smiling at the MPs who were all mesmerized by her looks and charm.
She refused a hood
The hangman miscalculated the drop and Irma’s neck didn’t snap. She slowly suffocated as she fought the rope for three minutes.
Grese now becomes a folk hero
Buried In Unholy Ground
Irma Is Moved
Later the prosecution main witness recanted and said she lied
Three more admitted to lying
Other witnesses such as Watinik, Diament, Kopper, Lobowitz and Trieger, Catherine Neiger, Olga Lenygel, Dr Ada Bimko and Dr. Bendel stuck with their stories.
Another Witness Was Abraham Glinowieski
The author refers in apparent desperation to the testimony of a Jew named Abraham Glinowieski, who testified that he witnessed Grese send “thousands and thousands of people, ill and in quite good health, to the gas chambers.”
In late 1948 the hauntings began
Russian caretakers decided to close off Krema Three rather than let the legend of Irma Grese continue
This pictured was taken over 40 years ago
Between the ovens is the faint outline of a women
The building is sealed
The Russians in charge of Auschwitz sealed up the doors and windows
It seems Irma had reached ‘ Cult status ‘ and the Jewish Communists were not pleased.
Leni Riefenstahl wanted to make a movie about the haunting
The German government told her she would be arrested
After the fall of the Berlin wall researchers were allowed access
They didn’t last the night !
Krema Three is finally destroyed.