War Crimes Trials - Vol. II The Belsen Trial. 'The Trial of Josef Kramer and Forty Four Others'

Appendices (Affidavits & Statements - Löffler, Hilda)

(57) DEPOSITION OF HILDA LÖFFLER (Slovak, aged 22)

2. I name three S.S. women as chiefly and jointly responsible for the deaths of many women prisoners as mentioned hereunder. These women are: - Ehlert, Gollasch and Volkenrath.

3. The prisoners worked under these three women collecting wood. On one occasion two prisoners escaped from a party of 600. The remainder were punished by being deprived of food and water for three days. After this, the very sick girls were specially chosen for this heavy work, and numbers were taken from the hospital. As a result of this, many died from the overwork and the casual beatings they received. In March, 1945, alone, deaths from these working parties, working under the supervision of these three women, amounted to about 200 daily.

4. In addition, I name the woman Ehlert as being responsible for great cruelty to Helene Herkovitz. This girl was beaten by Ehlert and shut up in an air raid shelter for about two weeks with little food or drink and without bedding. The victim was ill for about a month afterwards, and was unable to get up. In addition to this case she treated many others in the same way.

Appendices (Affidavits & Statements - Löffler, Hilda)