a reply to: Kantzveldt
The concentration camps were developed and operated under the SS-TV of the Waffen-SS [SS-Totenkopfverbände, Known in English as the “Death’s Head
In 1942, for administrative reasons, the guard and administrative staff of all the concentration camps became full members of the Waffen-SS, and the
concentration camps were placed under the command of Department D of the SS-Wirtschafts-Verwaltungshauptamt (WVHA) [Main Economic and Administrative
Department of the SS].
Within the SS, the women VOLUNTEERED and served in the SS-Helferinnenkorps [“Women Helper Corps”], in various roles.
It was NOT considered and cannot be compared to any other woman auxiliary services in allied forces, nor axis powers. The main differences being the
required Aryan background (and selection) as well as ideological motivation, and the foremost loyalty and devotion to the party and Hitler that was
It is also not likely that a radio operator working in the SS was uneducated – as in the 1940’s it was considered a highly skilled role (unlike
the woman guards, mentioned) and SS radio operators were exposed to highly classified and restricted information.
Regarding awareness of what was going on in the camps (an excerpt from Wikipedia, I attach the link at the bottom):
By 1944, with the concentration camps fully integrated with the Waffen-SS and under the control of the WVHA, a standard practice developed to rotate
SS members in and out of the camps, based on manpower needs and also to give assignments to wounded Waffen-SS officers and soldiers who could no
longer serve in front-line combat duties. This rotation of personnel is the main argument that nearly the entire SS knew of the concentration camps,
and what actions were committed within, making the entire organization liable for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Also: the Auxiliary-SS (SS mannschaft) was an organisation that arose in 1945, as a last ditch effort to keep concentration camps running. Its members
were not considered regular SS.
The woman prosecuted was not part of this, she was regular SS.
I agree – most of those people may have been brain washed, yet they could not be qualified as stupid, or unable to think. Its people who
volunteered and had motivation – to do what they did, and did it in the most efficient way they could.
These were not helpless people who had to obey commands at gunpoint - they were agents of the state who willingly killed innocent civilians, on an
I am not blaming them for being human.
I blame them, as most of the civilized world, for doing in-humane crimes (many with great zeal) for which they do need to answer.