First Belsen Trial Oberaufseherin Irma Ilse Ida Grese

Also Known As : The Beautiful Beast/The Grey Mouse
Date Of Birth : 07/10/1923
Place Of Birth : Wrechen near Neubrandenburg
Position Within Bergen-Belsen : Arbeitsdienstführerin and Rapportführerin
Died : 13/12/1945
Comments :
Trial : First Belsen Trial
Trial Location : 30 Lindenstraße, Lüneburg 17 September - 17 November 1945
Trial Defendent Number : 9
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Brief History

Born the third of five children (Alfred, Lieschen born 1921, Irma 1923, Helene 1926, Otto 1929).

1936 Mother (Berta Wilhelmmine Winter, born 1904) discovers that her husband, Alfred, had had an affair with a local pub owners daughter and commits suicide by drinking Hydrochloric Acid.

1938 Leaves school and her father's (Alfred Anton Albert Grese, born 1899) house and works at the Fürstenberg dairy factory from the beginning of Spring until Winter.

1938 Works in a shop in Lychen near Fürstenberg.

1939 Father, Alfred, re-marries. His second wife (a widow) brings with her 4 children. They later have a daughter together

1939 - circa March 1941 Works as an Assistant Nurse at Hohenlychen Sanatorium and tried, unsuccessfully to train as a nurse.

1941 - June 1942 The employment office finds her a job as a shop assistant at a Dairy business in Fürstenberg.

01 June 1942 Volunteers for SS Helferinnen training at Ravensbrück, and is placed in charge of various Arbeitskommando's.

March 1943 Transferred to Auschwitz Birkenau as telephone orderly for a Blockführer, and for 2 days, supervisor of the Arbeitskommando's Strafkommando for breaching camp regulations, Straßenbaukolonne, in Autumn 1943, Gartenbaukommando, in December 1943 Mail Censor.

1943-1944 Promoted to Oberaufseherin

22 January 1944 has a blood test for Syphilis at Auschwitz Lazarett.

May 1944 Employed in Birkenau with the selection process of Jewish Transports from Hungary.

January 1945 Supervisor of male Arbeitskommando's in the Stammlager at Auschwitz.

19 January 1945 Evacuated by train on a prison transport to Ravensbrück.

March 1945 Evacuated from Ravensbrück and arrives at Bergen-Belsen with a large transport of women prisoners.

Josef Kramer grants her request to remain at Bergen-Belsen. (Her lover Oberscharführer Franz Wolfgang Hatzinger is at Bergen-Belsen)

18 April 1945 Arrested by British Troops.

23 April 1945 Oberscharführer Franz Wolfgang Hatzinger dies of Typhus.

17 May 1945 Transferred to Celle prison.

17 September 1945. Stands trial at the 'Trial of Josef Kramer and Forty Four others' at 30 Lindenstraße, Lüneburg. Charged with Count 1 and Count 2

17 November 1945. Sentenced to death by hanging.

22 November 1945 Raised an objection against the judgement.

13 December 1945. Death sentence carried out at Hameln prison. [1]

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