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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.
"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.
The incredible Nancy Wake. She was a powerful WWII Nazi hunter and member of the French resistance. At one point she was #1 most wanted and most-hated by the Nazis. They called her "The White Mouse" because she always escaped them. Read about her--she is fascinating!
COCO CHANEL WAS DEFINITELY A NAZI. Archival documents verify that Chanel herself was a Nazi spy, committing herself to the German cause as early as 1941, when she became a paid agent of General Walter Schellenberg, chief of SS intelligence. Why would Coco Chanel have sympathized with the Nazis?
During the violent months preceding the liberation of Paris, New Zealander Nancy Wake killed a German guard with a single karate chop to the neck, executed a woman who had been spying for the Germans, shot her way out of roadblocks and biked 70 hours through perilous Nazi checkpoints to deliver radio codes for the Allies. In spite of Hitler she lives to be 98.
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.
Miep Gies, who hid Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis during WWII. She was also responsible for preserving Anne Frank's diary and delivering it to her father Otto Frank, who was the sole survivor in the family. Gies received many honors, including knighthood in the Netherlands. She died in 2010 at the age of 100.
Hedy Lamarr, often proclaimed “the most beautiful woman in the world,” the 26-year-old Lamarr was thriving in Hollywood when, in mid-September '40, Nazi U-boats hunted & sank a cruise ship carrying 90 British refugee kids to Canada. 77 drowned in the bleak north Atlantic. Lamarr, a Jewish immigrant from Nazi Austria, was horrified. She decided to fight back, but instead of the usual celebrity posturing....
Marlene Dietrich, "a German who had renounced her country following the rise of the Nazis and rejected Hitler's request that she return--became an ardent and fearless supporter of the Allied Forces, performing hundreds of times for the troops as near the war zone as she could get." " When asked why she had traveled to war zones to entertain and comfort Allied troops, she famously and simply replied, "aus Anstand." "It was the decent thing to do.""
Irma Grese, the "Hyena of Auschwitz," a vicious, sadistic guard who was described by one interviewer as "the worst human being I have ever encountered." She was hanged at the age of 22 alongside other sadists from Auschwitz and Belsen.
The Aufseherinnen were female guards in Nazi concentration camps during The Holocaust. Of the 55,000 guards who served in Nazi concentration camps, about 3,700 were women. In 1942, the first female guards arrived at Auschwitz and Majdanek from Ravensbrück. The year after, the Nazis began conscripting women because of a guard shortage. The German title for this position, Aufseherin (plural Aufseherinnen) means female overseer or attendant.
Anne Frank Anne Frank was a young Jewish girl who hid from the Nazis with her family in Amsterdam and wrote an account of it in her diary. “The Diary of Anne Frank” is universally read by schoolchildren all over the world as an account of the Holocaust. This portrait was taken just a few months after Frank and her family went into hiding on October 10, 1942. Date: 1942. Photographer: Unknown.
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."
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.
Margot Woelk, food taster for Hitler: "For more than half a century, Margot Woelk kept her secret hidden from the world, even from her husband. Then, a few months after her 95th birthday, she revealed the truth about her wartime role: Adolf Hitler's food taster. Woelk, then in her mid-twenties, spent two and a half years as one of 15 young women who sampled Hitler's food to make sure it wasn't poisoned before it was served to the Nazi leader in his 'Wolf's Lair' in what is now Poland."
Dean of the Ursuline Sisters, Mother Chiarina Braito. She and her fellow Ursulines used their convents (in Italy close to the Swiss border) to hide and house escaping Jews and to lead them safely through the mountains to Switzerland.