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The buzzword nowadays us gender balance, and to be fair to the Nazi regime they had figured out gender balance decades ago. But was that a good thing?
When it come to evil there is no real difference between men and women, the men are in general physically stronger through their biology, but that is where the difference ends.
There were a large amount of female guards as part of the SS across several concentration camps.
Compared to the likes of Ilse Koch or Maria Mandl,Gerda Steinhoff wasn’t the worse of the female guards. This was probably because she joined the SS late in the war. Prior to her career with the SS, she had been working and tram conductor.
She got married in 1944 and had a child. That same year, due to a shortage of new guards, Gerda joined the camp staff at Stutthof. On October 1, 1944, she became a Blockleiterin in Stutthof women’s camp SK-III.There, she took part in selections of prisoners to be sent to the gas chambers
Later that month, on October 31st , 1944, she received a promotio to SS-Oberaufseherin and was assigned to the Danzig-Holm subcamp. On the first of December, 1944 she was reassigned to the Bromberg-Ost female subcamp of Stutthof located in Bydgoszcz near Gdańsk. In the camp is where ,she received a medal for her loyalty and service to the Third Reich, on January 25, 1945. She was dedicated and utterly devoted to her job in the camps and was known as a very ruthless supervisor. Soon before the end of World War II, she fled the camp and went back home.
But her stay at home didn’t last long, on the 25th of May , 1945, she was arrested by Polish officials and sent to prison. She stood trial with the other SS women and kapos and was convicted and condemned to death for her involvement in the selections and what was called her sadistic abuse of prisoners.During her trial Gerda showed no remorse but made jokes instead
She was publicly hanged on July 4, 1946, on Biskupia Gorka Hill, near Gdańsk.
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