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User: the_holocaust (posted by kali_shey)
Date: 2010-07-17 23:51
Subject: Women’s Role in Holocaust May Exceed Old Notions
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Published: July 17, 2010

JERUSALEMAmid the horrors of the Holocaust, the atrocities perpetrated by a few brutal women have always stood out, like aberrations of nature.

There were notorious camp guards like Ilse Koch and Irma Grese. And lesser known killers like Erna Petri, the wife of an SS officer and a mother who was convicted of shooting to death six Jewish children in Nazi-occupied Poland; or Johanna Altvater Zelle, a German secretary accused of child murder in the Volodymyr-Volynskyy ghetto in Nazi-occupied Ukraine.

The Nazi killing machine was undoubtedly a male-dominated affair. But according to new research, the participation of German women in the genocide, as perpetrators, accomplices or passive witnesses, was far greater than previously thought.

Article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/18/world/europe/18holocaust.html

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