Herta Ehlert

Herta Ehlert ( Berlin , 26 of March of 1905 – 4 of April of 1997 ) was an SS Aufseherin (guard) in several Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust in World War II .

Ehlert was born with the name Hertha Liess in Berlin . Later, he married and used the name of Herta Ehlert .

On November 15, 1939, Ehlert became a concentration camp guard receiving training at the Ravensbrück concentration camp . In October 1942, she was mobilized as Aufseherin to the extermination camp of Majdanek near Lublin . There he served in one of the subfields of Lublin. Some SS officers noted that Ehlert was indulgent, kind and helpful to the prisoners, and was reported to be relocating to Ravensbrück concentration camp for another training course, this time under Dorothea Binz .

At this time, Ehlert and her husband divorced. After World War II , Ehlert described the “training course” in Ravensbrück as “severe physically and emotionally.”

Ehlert was sent to the concentration camp of Auschwitz as Aufseherin where he commanded a command of groups of forced labor. Ehlert later served as a guard in subfield Rajsko in Poland , before being transferred to the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen , where he came under the direct orders of the Oberaufseherinnen Elisabeth Volkenrath and Irma Grese .

When the British Army liberated the Bergen-Belsen camp, Ehlert was arrested and presented at the Bergen-Belsen Trial , where she was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

She was released on December 22, 1951. After the war, Ehlert lived under the pseudonym Herta Naumann . He died in 1997.


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