Mory, Carmen Maria, born 02-07-1906 in Bern, Switzerland, the daughter of Emil Mory a Berner doctor and Leona Bischoff,. Before the war, she worked as a journalist, including for the Manchester Guardian (now The Guardian). From 1932 to 1937 she worked as a journalist in Berlin, where in 1934 she became an undercover agent for the Gestapo, working under SS-Sturmbannführer Bruno Sattler In 1937 she was assigned to observe publisher Emil Oprecht in Zurich and later that year, politician Max Braun in Paris. She also collected information on the Maginot Line. On 15-10-1972, age 74, Bruno Sattler died under unexplained circumstances in the prison in Leipzig-Meusdorf.
In November 1938 Carmen Mory was arrested in France and on 28-04-1940, sentenced to death. She was pardoned on 6-06-1940; according to some sources because she offered to become a double spy for the French. Shortly afterward, Germany successfully completed its invasion of France. Having lost the trust of her superiors in the Gestapo, she was then arrested by German authorities, released, arrested again in 1941 and sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp where she became a head of the bloc (kapo). Despite being a kapo, she was scheduled to be sent to the gas chamber, but a friend of her father struck her name off the list.
Carmen Mory (1906–1947), 1st Ravensbrück Trial 1947:
In Ravensbrück she acquired a “monstrous” reputation, with one source describing her as “sadomasochistic, psychopathic, sexually voracious [and] one of the camp’s most notorious kapos”. She also had a close relationship with Anne Spoerry. Anne Spoerry was a French-born physician, based for most of her career in Kenya as a “flying doctor” and had a bad secret from her staying in the Ravensbrück concentration camp. She was captured and taken to a series of prisons, ending up in Ravensbrück women’s prison. Anne had trained to be a doctor because she wanted to help people and when she first got there she was able to treat patients, giving them medicine and vaccines. Then she fell under the spell of a woman named Carmen Mory.. Mory was probably a sociopath. She cozied up to the guards and did terrible things to other inmates, including deliberately torturing them and murdering them. (Look at her eyes; scary.)
There is some question about exactly what Anne did under Mory’s influence, but it seems she participated in torture and maybe murder.
Anne was called “Dr. Claude” by the other inmates, and Mory had some kind of control over her. After Mory left the camp in January 1945, Anne went back to being helpful and courageous. One inmate remembers that she hid other prisons and helped others escape the gas chamber. Spoerry died in 1999, age 80, after a stroke in Nairobi; she was buried on the island of Lamu. A team of seaborne doctors and veterinarians in the same archipelago named their project for Spoerry
Death and burial ground of Mory, Carmen Maria.
After the end of the war, she was released from the camp. After being identified by other inmates for her actions in Ravensbrück, she was arrested by the Allied authorities and sentenced to death in the Hamburg Ravensbrück trials in 1947; she committed suicide before the execution could take place. She received significant if negative coverage in press during her trial, having been described as “the monster”, a “third-rate Mata Hari”, and “Bella Donna”
In the dock (r-l) the Swiss Carmen Maria Mory, Greta Bösel, an SS member (no 7), Margarete Mewes (no 6), Binz, Dorothea “Theodora” (no 5) and the male defendants. In the second row (r-l) Vera Salveyquart (no 10) and sister Marschall (no 11).
The bodies of Mory and other hanged war criminals were buried on the prison ground in Hameln, but they were all reburied on the Waldfriedhof of Hameln Cemetery Am Wehl and marked with Iron Crosses. The spot became a Neo Nazi place and in 1986 all the Iron Crosses were removed and is now an grass field without markers.