Female SS supervisors arrived in Auschwitz along with the first transport of women on March 26, 1942. A total of about 170 female supervisors were employed here. They exercised direct authority over the women prisoners. The majority of the female supervisors regarded their work as an ordinary job. Many of them took advantage of their position to inflict their sadistic proclivities on the women prisoners, one of whom remembers SS-Oberaufseherin Maria Mandel: “When Mandel beat people, she broke their jaws. Her favorite expression was, ‘Crush them to death!’” The lovely young SS-Rapportführerin Irma Grese was known as “the hyena of Auschwitz.” They were only two of the many supervisors.
Language: Polish, German
Lecturer: Małgorzata Hałat, Halina Jastrzębska