Women awarded the War Merit Cross (Kriegsverdienstkreuz)

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Women awarded the War Merit Cross (Kriegsverdienstkreuz)

Post by jared53402 » 14 Jun 2016 03:22

Twelve women overseers (SS-Aufseherinnen) in the concentration camps are known to have been awarded War Service Cross-2nd Class without Swords (Kriegsverdienstkreuz II. Klasse ohne Schwerter) medals for their work, while many others were nominated but apparently never received them. This medal was for the “special merits when performing other war tasks where enemy attacks were not present.” Most Aufseherinnen nominated for the War Merit Cross, only received it without swords, but one woman, Emma Zimmer, received her decoration with swords. On September 15, 1943, in an SS ceremony at Auschwitz, woman camp leader Zimmer, along with eighteen other SS men received the War Service Cross Second Class with Swords (Kriegsvierdienstkreuz zweiter Klasse mit Schwertern) for their camp service.

This is an outline of the few women guards who received War Service Crosses for concentration camp duty:
Becker-Pritzkoleit, Dorothea: "Kriegsverdienstkreuz II. Klasse ohne Schwerter” (War Service Cross-2nd Class without Swords)
Bernigau, Jane (Gerda): “Kriegsverdienstkreuz II. Klasse ohne Schwerter” (War Service Cross-2nd Class without Swords)
Binz, Dorothea ‘Thea’: “Kriegsverdienstkreuz II. Klasse ohne Schwerter” (War Service Cross-2nd Class without Swords)
Brandl, Therese (‘Rosi’): “Kriegsverdienstkreuz” (War Service Iron Cross-Class unknown)
Braunsteiner, Hermine: “Kriegsverdienstkreuz II. Klasse ohne Schwerter” (War Service Cross-2nd Class without Swords)
Brunner, Luise: Jan. 30, 1944 “Kriegsverdienstkreuz II. Klasse ohne Schwerter” (War Service Cross-2nd Class without Swords)
Danz, Luise: “Kriegsverdiestkreuz II. Klasse ohne Schwerter” (War Service Cross-2nd Class without Swords)
Grese, Irma: “Kriegsverdienstkreuz II. Klasse ohne Schwerter” (War Service Cross-2nd Class without Swords)
Lächert, Hildegard: “Kriegsverdienstkreuz II. Klasse ohne Schwerter” (War Service Cross-2nd Class without Swords)
Langefeld, Johanna: “Kriegsverdienstkreuz II. Klasse ohne Schwerter” (War Service Cross-2nd Class without Swords
Liehr, Gertrud: “Kriegsverdienstkreuz II. Klasse ohne Schwerter” (War Service Cross-2nd Class without Swords)
Lotze-Kock, Elfriede: Jan. 30, 1944 “Kriegsverdienstkreuz II. Klasse ohne Schwerter” (War Service Cross-2nd Class without Swords) Mandl, Maria: Jan. 30, 1944 “Kriegsverdienstkreuz II. Klasse ohne Schwerter” (War Service Cross-2nd Class without Swords)Steinhoff, Gerda: “Kriegsverdienstkreuz II. Klasse ohne Schwerter” (War Service Iron Cross-2nd Class without Swords) Zimmer, Emma: Sep. 15, 1943 “Kriegsverdienstkreuz II. Klasse mit Schwertern” (War Service Iron Cross-2nd Class with Swords)

Note:
Recommended for the same medals:
Gertrud Heise,30
Irmgard Hofmann,31
Emma Kowa,31
Anna Jahn (or John),32
Anna Meinel,34
Herta Bieneck,34
Else Hawlik, 35,
Maria Mühl,32
Margot Drechsel,36
Anneliese Franz, 36
Hertha Ehlert, 37
Elisabeth Lupka, 37
Elisabeth Saretzki, 37

and SS overseer Ruth Drescher, who served at Wittenberg and Leipzig-Schönau sub-camps, was acknowledged for her distinguished service to the SS in her personal file. 33

The following SS-Helferinnen were also recommended for the same medals:
Inge Dörwald, 34
Gisela Drews, 37
Gerda Ernst, 37
Lotte Gramattke, 34
Aniana Lässig, 37
Agnes Peukert, 34
Hermine Schachtner, 37
Charlotte Schünzel, 37
Therese Stieff, 37 and
Erna Tietje, 37
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Re: Women awarded the War Merit Cross (Kriegsverdienstkreuz)

Post by Vikki » 24 Jun 2016 01:33

jared53402, I've split your post above from the Women Awarded the Iron Cross thread at http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=77&t=27808 into a new thread since it deals with awards of the Kriegsverdienstkreuz rather than the Iron Cross.

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