Thursday, 8 May 2014

Alsatian performs caesarean at Majdanek

27-year-old Hildegard Laechert, the former concentration camp guard, testifies at the 1947 Krakow-Auschwitz trial. The court
sentenced her 15 years imprisonment (she served 9) for having worked at Auschwitz-Birkenau for a couple of months.

During the 1970s, the West German government decided to try Laechert again, this time for having the misfortune to have been drafted to work at the Majdanek camp during World War II. During the six-year-long Düsseldorf-Majdanek trial, the following atrocity story was told to the court by Nina Rawska from Warsaw:

"I was present when Bloody Bridget (the name given to the defendant Laechert in camp jargon) set her German Shepherd on the heavily pregnant girl Wladka. She was mauled by the dog, and when poor girl was dead, Bloody Bridget incited the dog on the body and had it tear the child from the womb."1

This atrocity story—minus the gory and highly implausible detail—is mentioned in the trial's judgment, which states that neither the story, nor the supposed victim's existence, had be settled to the court's satisfaction.2 Laechert was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment, no doubt disappointing the prosecution who had sought eight life sentences for her.  

1. Union of Persecutees of the Nazi Regime, KZ Majdanek: Report über das Vernichtungslager und über den Majdanek-Prozess, Frankfurt: Röderberg-Verlag, 1979, pp.39-40.
2. Justiz und NS-Verbrechen, Vol. 44, Amsterdam University Press, 2011: "Ob im Sommer 1943 im Feld V eine hochschwangere Polin mit dem Vornamen "Wladka" inhaftiert war, die zuvor dem "Stubenmädchenkommando" angehört hatte, ob dieser polnische Häftling dort von einem Hund getötet worden ist, den die Angeklagte dazu aufgehetzt hat, konnte in der Hauptverhandlung nicht aufgeklärt werden."

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