Irma Grese left the women of Birkenau completely drained from living in constant emotional turmoil. Each morning they woke to roll call and possible selection and death. This continual physical and emotional pain created a perpetual cloud of fear and terror that lingered over the camp. Surprisingly, Rudolf Hoess, commandant at Auschwitz, gave an insightful description of the guards working in his camp, though...
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...ry conditions, and the lack of adequate food, water, and shelter led to an outbreak of diseases such as typhus, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, and dysentery, causing an ever increasing number of deaths.” Irma Grese made no attempt to provide food or clean drinking water for the starving, dehydrated inmates. Had she made this attempt to ease suffering rather than cause it, disease could have been held at bay. Nor did she get medical care for the inmates consumed by these diseases. She did not cause the disease herself, but she helped to perpetuate an already dire situation. These diseases ran amuck in Auschwitz as well, but by this point in the war the Nazis knew defeat was inescapable and left the prisoners to wallow in their own filth and disease. Too weak to move from dehydration and starvation the internees could do little more than lie in their own excrement.
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