Irma Grese, the “Mass Murderess” of Bergen-Belsen, during the Belsen Trial.
As the Allies argued in their case—don’t let her appearance deceive you, Irma Grese was a woman with a streak of cruelty wider than the state of Texas.
According to inmate testimony, Grese was fond of whipping inmates and was said to never have been without her boots, whip, or pistol at anytime. Witnesses say that Grese was inclined not only to go for the weak and sickly inmates, but purposely targeted inmates that she believed had “retained vestiges of their former beauty”. Fond of physical and emotional torture, Grese hand selected those for the gas chamber while at Bergen-Belsen as the women warden, and was said to have delighted in shooting prisoners in cold blood.
Her trial took 53 days, and when the verdict was read she was found guilty.
Irma Grese was executed on 13 December 1946 at 22 years of age, making her the youngest woman to die judicially under British law in the 20th century.
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