Gerda Steinhoff (January 29,
1922 â€“ July 4, 1946) born in Danzig-Langfuhr ( ), was a Nazi concentration camp overseer following the
1939 German invasion of Poland.
In 1939, Steinhoff became a cook
and had one child. In 1944, because of the Nazi call for new
guards, she joined the camp staff at Stutthof.
On October 1, 1944, she became a Blockleiterin
in Stutthof women's camp
. There, she took part in selections of
prisoners to be sent to the gas
. On October 31, 1944, she was promoted to
SS-Oberaufseherin and was assigned
to the Danzig-Holm subcamp. On December 1, 1944 she was reassigned to
Bromberg-Ost female subcamp of Stutthof
located in Bydgoszcz not far from GdaÅ„sk.
There on January 25, 1945, she received a medal for her loyalty and
service to the Third Reich
. She was
devoted to her job in the camps and was known as a very ruthless
overseer. Soon before the end of World War
, she fled the camp and went back home.
Arrest, trial and execution
On May 25, 1945, she was arrested by Polish
officials and sent to prison
. She stood trial with the other SS women and kapos and was handed down a
sentence of death for her
involvement in the selections and what was called her sadistic abuse of prisoners.
was publicly hanged
on July 4, 1946, on
Biskupia Gorka Hill
close to the
main city of GdaÅ„sk.