Nicknamed the Beautiful Beast. Irma Grese was a concentration camp guard and one of the few women to be called to account for her crimes. She was hanged in 1945 at the age of 22.
Revenge at Birkenau: Jewish dancer and actress shoots SS man Schillinger fatally and injures SS man Emmerich on 10/23/43 in the undressing room of crematorium II before she and her fellow women were to be gassed. She did a strip tease in front of the lecherous Schillinger in order to distract him and grab his gun. She shot both men after successfully grabbing it.
Christine Granville was a British WW2 spy. Her feats included acting as a courier in Nazi-occupied Europe, parachuting into France in support of the Allied invasion and rescuing three of her comrades from certain execution. She was said to be Winston Churchill’s favorite spy. Men found her irresistible, and she did very little to resist them.
Hedy Lamarr, often proclaimed “the most beautiful woman in the world,” the 26-yr-old Lamarr was thriving in Hollywood when, in September 1940, Nazi U-boats hunted down & sank a cruise ship trying to evacuate 90 British schoolchildren to Canada. 77 drowned in the bleak north Atlantic. Lamarr, a Jewish immigrant from Nazi-occupied Austria, was outraged. She fought back by applying her engineering skills to development of a sonar sub-locator used in the Atlantic to the good of both the US & UK.
In the Warsaw ghetto,Irena Sendler got infants out in the bottom of her tool box & she carried in her truck a sack for larger children. Her dog she trained to bark when Nazi soldiers let her in & out of the ghetto.Soldiers wanted nothing to do with the dog & the barking covered the kids noises.She SAVED 2500 KIDS.She was caught & the Nazi's broke her legs & arms.She hid the names of the kids in jars so they could reunite with parents,mostly all relatives were killed. Irena died at 98. B.Craft
Audrey Hepburn starved when Germans blockaded her area in Netherlands causing mass malnutrition and 18,000 deaths. Hepburn, 16, ate tulip bulbs and tried to make bread from grass. Her sylph figure at 103 lbs, her waist only 20in is not from any celeb-style fad diet. It was a legacy of the jaundice, anaemia, respiratory problems and chronic blood disorders she contracted in those days of terrible starvation. She refused the role in Diary of Anne Frank as it brought back bad memories.
Jacqueline Nearne (and, separately, her sister Eileen) was a British spy operating in France long before the Allieds sent in uniformed commando teams. Jacqueline "was dropped into France in January 1943 with no support team to meet her. From a safe house in Clermont-Ferrand she acted as a go-between for the French resistance and British forces and even sabotaged Nazi supply factories."
Hermine Braunsteiner, at Majdanek, selected women and children for execution, and whipped/stamped women to death. Nazi-hunters tracked her to USA. At her 1975 trial in Germany, a witness told how she “seized children by their hair and threw them on trucks heading to the gas chambers.” She directly murdered 80 people, abetted the murder of 102 children, and collaborated in the murder of 1,000 people. She was released in 1996 for health reasons. She died in 1999.
Orli Wald was a member of the German Resistance in Nazi Germany. She was arrested in 1936 and charged with high treason, whereupon she served four and a half years in a women's prison, followed by "protective custody" in Nazi concentration camps until 1945, when she escaped. She was a prisoner functionary in the infirmary at Auschwitz-Birkenau and because of her helpfulness to Jewish and other prisoners, was called the "Angel of Auschwitz".
Helen Keller confronted the Nazis shortly after the book burnings of 1933. “History has taught you nothing if you think you can kill ideas. Tyrants have tried to do that often before, and the ideas have risen up in their might and destroyed them." She went on: “Do not imagine your barbarities to the Jews are unknown here. God sleepeth not, and He will visit his Judgment upon you.” Click through
Irma Grese, “the Beast of Belsen” (1923-1945) - a former nursing assistant and teenage Nazi SS auxiliary female guard in Auschwitz and Belsen concentration camps. Under the Nazi system, Irma was trained to function as a state serial killer, but in the end began to kill for her own hedonistic needs. She had a dark compulsion to torture and kill inmates in her charge and became so excessively homicidal that even male SS guards began to complain. She was hung by the British on December 13th 1945.
This is Rose Valland, one of the heroes of Nazi-Occupied France. An employee of the Louvre, she kept records of the art stolen by Nazi officers- what was taken, from where, and by who. She was instrumental in the postwar return of countless stolen pieces, and one of the most decorated women in French history.
France was liberated in 1944, and women accused of having been collaborated with Nazi personnel, are humiliated in public. This may seem like a war crime to todays’ audience, but during a time when people were overjoyed at seeing the Nazis leave, this image would have evoked feelings of victory.
Mother Marie Skobtzova. Mother Maria was arrested, along with Fr. Dimitri Klepinin, her mother Sophia and Son Yuri, for helping Jews escape German Occupation. On Holy Saturday, 1945, at Ravensbrück concentration camp, she took the place of a Jewish woman who was going to be sent to the Gas Chamber, and died in her place.
Krystyna Skarbek: (born 1908 & died 1952) was a Polish Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent. She became celebrated especially for her daring exploits in intelligence and irregular-warfare missions in Nazi-occupied Poland and France. She became a British agent months before the SOE was founded in July 1940 and was one of the longest-serving of all Britain’s wartime women agents.
Frieda Belinfante, was a half-Jewish lesbian member of a gay resistance group called the CKC. She participated in the planning of the destruction of the Amsterdam Population Registry in March 1943, and was also active in falsifying identity cards and arranging hiding places for Jews and others sought by the Nazis. In December 1943, Belinfante escaped to Switzerland via Belgium and France. After the war, she returned briefly to Amsterdam and then emigrated to the United States.
The remains of the church in which 247 women and 205 children were trapped and killed by the Nazis. The middle window behind the altar is the one through which the only survivor Marguerite Rouffanche escaped
Felice Rahel Schragenheim was a Jewish resistance fighter during World War II. She is known for her tragic love story with Lilly Wust and death during a march from Gross-Rosen concentration camp to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany or, not later than, March 1945 in Bergen-Belsen.
Documents found in Germany’s Federal Archive have revealed "bride schools" once used to turn young women into perfect Nazi wives. A 6-week program on how to cook, sew, iron, breed children, and worship Der Führer, Adolph Hitler was required for those who wanted to marry SS officers
Resistance heroine who led 7,000 men against the Nazis. Nancy Wake, the Second World War's most decorated woman, died at the age of 98 in 2011.
"In 1943, Maria von Maltzan, a German aristocrat, took Hans Hirschel, her Jewish lover into her Berlin apartment to hide him from the Nazis. It was the time when the last Jews were supposed to be 'cleansed' out of Berlin. Since Hans had ingeniously faked his own suicide, he was registered as dead, and for a long while, no suspicion fell on Maria; until one day..." Read the rest of the story at the link.