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Juana Bormann (or Johana Borman) was a prison guard at several Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, and was executed as a war criminal at Hamelin, Germany after a trial in 1945. One of her favorite "games" was unleashing her starving shepherd dog on helpless prisoners -- hence her nickname "The woman with the dogs."
Arriving at Auschwitz, children and their mothers, along with the old and infirm, were taken directly to the gas chambers. Those exhausted by slave labor and the appalling conditions joined them, while camp doctors, including the notorious Josef Mengele, selected thousands of prisoners for cruel, crippling and life-threatening experimentation. By 1944, so many were being killed that the bodies had to be burnt on huge pyres, fueled, partly, by the victim’s own fat.
Not published in LIFE magazine. Examining Buchenwald prisoners after the camp's liberation by U.S. troops, April 1945.