Volkenrath, Elisabeth

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Volkenrath, Elisabeth
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Volkenrath, Elisabeth, born 05-09-1919 in Schanan in Silesia, was a hairdresser by trade but became a supervisor at several Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Volkenrath trained at Ravensbrück concentration camp, and in 1943 went to Auschwitz Birkenau as an “Aufseherin” (supervisor). In November 1944, she was promoted to “Oberaufseherin” (Senior Supervisor) and oversaw three executions by hanging. Volkenrath was at one point in command of the women’s camp at Auschwitz Birkenau,    which was separated from the men’s area by the incoming railway line. Volkenrath also had worked at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp as a supervising wardress.  In April 1945, she was arrested by the British Army, and stood trial with fellow guard Irma Grese  and Johanna Bormann in the Belsen Trial, a British military tribunal at Lüneburg, Germany for war crimes.

Death and burial ground of Volkenrath, Elisabeth.

 During pretrial interviews and subsequent testimony, she admitted to her supervisory positions in the camps but denied selecting prisoners for the gas chambers or beating women prisoners. She did admit to slapping the faces of women regularly to maintain discipline. The survivors of the camps described her as the most hated woman in the camp. Volkenrath was convicted of numerous murders and for making selections of prisoners for the gas chamber. She was sentenced to death , and executed at Hamelin Prison by the English executioner, Albert Pierrepoint download-3 , the morning of 13-12-1945, age 26, at approximately 10:05 in the morning. Volkenrath was hung after the hanging of Irma Grese. Volkenrath’s body, as well as the others who were executed that day, were buried in the prison courtyard until 1954 when they were moved to the Am Wehl Cemetery nearby in 1986 and is now a grass field, with markers.

Albert Pierremont executed at least 400 people, including William Joyce “Lord Haw-Haw” and John Amery

.  In Germany and Austria after the war, he executed some 200 people who had been convicted of war crimes. In England, Timothy Evans  was hanged by him for a crime committed by his neighbor John Christie , who was also hanged by Pierrepoint. “Reg” Christie, was an English serial kiler active during the 1940s and early 1950s. He murdered at least eight women – including his wife, Ethel – by strangling them in his flat at 10 Rillington Place, Notting Hill, London..

Timothy John Evans (20 November 1924 – 9 March 1950) was a Welsman accused of murdering his wife and infant daughter. In January 1950, Evans was tried and convicted of the murder of his daughter and was sentenced to death and hanged. During his trial, Evans accused his downstairs neighbour, John Christie, of committing the murders.

Three years after Evans’s execution, Christie was found to be a serial killer who had murdered six other women in the same house, including his own wife. Before his own execution, Christie confessed to murdering Mrs. Evans. An official inquiry concluded in 1966 that Christie had also murdered Evans’s daughter, and Evans was granted a posthumous pardon.

John Amery (14 March 1912 – 19 December 1945) was a British fascist who proposed to the Wehrmacht the formation of a British volunteer force (that subsequently became the British Free Corps) and made recruitment efforts and propaganda broadcasts for Nazi Germany.  He was executed for treason after the war, age 33.

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