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  • Jessica Bennett

    Irma Grese -- She was in charge of supervising around 30,000 women prisoners, mostly Polish and Hungarian Jews, at Birkenau. She was transferred to Bergen-Belsen in March 1945, only a month before the liberation. It was claimed that there were lamp shades, made out of the skins of three women prisoners, found in her room at Birkenau.

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"Ravensbrück 1939-1945. To commemorate Polish victims. In the camp, 40,000 Polish women, girls and children were imprisoned; 200 were executed; 74 were subjected to the medical experiments, several thousands died of starvation or had been gassed. 8,000 were liberated. If the echo of their voices becomes faint, we will perish".

The liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp by American troops, April 29, 1945

Irene Gut Opdyke - Polish Righteous Among the Nations (awarded in 1982) (hid many Jews) Click link for more information.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie (11/07/1867 - 7/04/1934), often referred to as Marie Curie or Madame Curie, was a Polish physicist and chemist, working mainly in France, who is famous for her pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the only woman to win in two fields, and the only person to win in multiple sciences. She was also the first female professor at the University of Paris (La Sorbonne).

Karolina Juszczykowska, Poland - The Polish woman who was executed for hiding two Jews in her home. #WomensDay #wmnhist

This German woman and her baby are two survivors of the "Lodz Death March" which involved all the ethnic Germans who lived in that Polish city. Their eviction in the middle of winter caused many of them to expire. The two in the photo are among the ten who survived, and reached Berlin, out of a group of 150. Dec 14,1945.

Stefan Tomaszewski, 11-years old Polish volunteer soldier during the Warsaw Uprising, August 1944, Warsaw, Poland

Keeping the lights on, or not if there is an air raid drill.

Jürgen Stroop (1895 - 1952) was an SS General during World War II. He is best known for being in command against the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and for writing the Stroop Report, a booklength account of the operation. Following the defeat of Nazi Germany, Stroop was prosecuted during the Dachau Trials and convicted of murdering nine American POWs. After his extradition to the People's Republic of Poland, Stroop was tried, convicted, and hanged for crimes against humanity.

The 'Private Lives of the SS in Auschwitz' takes a look at the perpetrators of the crimes committed in Auschwitz from another, little known and sometimes surprising perspective. It contains a section concerning the testimonies of young Polish women who, during the war, were forced to work at the homes of officers and non-commissioned SS officers from the crew of the German Nazi concentration camp. The English edition of the book is being prepared.