Irma Grese, Nazi Women

Irma Grese is a special kind of horrible … the rare female SS officer and brutalizer. While the 20th Century saw exploitation cinema develop a love affair with lady Nazis — Ilsa, the Wicked Warden anyone? — Irma was a real life horror show and downright unlovable.

Irma worked in the camps at Ravensbrück and Auschwitz and wardened the women’s section of Bergen-Belsen. Characteristics included wearing heavy boots, carrying a pistol for easy disposal of the prisoners she didn’t much care for, and assorted torments that would make any Grindhouse director do a Disney movie marathon to wash the nightmare images out of his head.

A surviving prisoner said Grese would go around the camp with a “bejeweled whip,” pick out the prettiest women, and slash their breasts open with braided wire from the end of her whip.

From the book Sexual Violence Against Jewish Women During the Holocaust: “Subsequently those breasts got infected by the lice and dirt which invaded every nook and corner of the camp. They had to be cut open, if the patient was to be saved. Irma Griese (sic) invariably arrived to watch the operation, kicking the victim if her screams interfered with her pleasure and giving herself completely to the orgiastic spasms which shook her entire body and made saliva run down from the corner of her mouth.”

Vividly nasty description, but not as horrific as the reality. Grese would also murder 30 prisoners per day at Auschwitz, kicking and beating and humiliating prisoners as a routine. One of her favorite things to do was to walk her charges out into rainstorms and make them stand there wearing next to nothing for hours on end.

All of that work would eventually earn Grese a trip to the gallows and the illustrious distinction of youngest woman put to death through an official execution at just 22 years of age. (Look Ma!)

As “orgiastic” as her spasms were through the bloodletting, we’re pretty sure that final spasm when the rope snapped wasn’t quite as enjoyable for her. For more on this lovely little lady, and to accumulate a few more nightmares for your growing collection from visiting this site, we recommend this.

(Featured Image: Modern Notion)