Maria Mandel
Austrian born Maria Mandel had two passions in life: Sadistic torture and classical music.
She was "Oberaufseherin" (a chief guard) in the German concentration camp Birkenau.
Maria formed an orchestra of female prisoners to play at many occations in the camp.
Maria also loved to torture her female prisoners, and she even found ways to combine her passions:
Being in charge of several hangings of female prisoners Maria always provided music for the "occation".
After the war she was captured in the western sector but taken to Krakow, Poland where she was condemned to death by hangning.
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On January 24, 1948 at sunrise, 7:09 a.m. Maria was taken to the execution chamber along with 4 male prisoners. The chamber was prepared with 5 nooses. The sight of a noose was well known to Maria, but this time one noose was for herself.
The executioner hanged the four men before he took care of Maria.
Being given only a short drop they were all dangling in their nooses for 15 minutes before they were examined and declared dead - they were almost expected to "take their time" before dying down..
Their bodies were taken down at 7:38 a.m. and taken to the University of Krakow.
The medical students received the body of a 36 years old blonde woman, 5'5'' and 132 lbs. She had marks on her neck.