Elisabeth Volkenrath
A Feared Woman
As soon as Irma Grese was
resting in her coffin
Pierrepoint made the last
preparations to meet
Elisabeth Volkenrath. She
walked to the gallows ten
minutes later.
Elisabeth was 26 years old.
Her general behaviour had
made her "the most hated
woman in the Bergen Belsen
camp". She had been
condemned in Nuremberg
for making the selections
for the gas chamber.
Now she was selected for
the noose!
When Pierrepoint called for
her to stand on the scale the
good-looking woman did
not flash the smile Irma had
given, but she seemed
steady, although nervous.
Elisabeth's cell was close to
the death chamber. She
could hear when they came
for Irma and when the trap
was opened and Irma
chashed down. Elisabeth
knew the parade of death
had begun and could only
wait for her executioner to
come for her.