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Gerda Steinhoff
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Military Personnel
    (January 29, 1922-July 4, 1946)
    Born in Danzig-Langfuhr, Germany (now Wrzeszcz, Poland)
    Guard at Stutthof concentration camp
    Promoted to camp overseer
    Arrested by Polish officials and tried for war crimes
    Sentenced to death by hanging
    She had a reputation for ruthlessness.
    She selected prisoners to be sent to the gas chambers.
    She and several other defendants spent much of the trial joking with each other.
    She worked as a cook before answering a call by the Nazis for new guards.
    She and other camp guards sentenced to death were executed publicly by being placed with nooses around their necks on the back of military trucks which then drove off to leave them hanging.
    Due to the short drop, she and the other condemned guards strangled to death.

Credit: C. Fishel

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