Power, Nazism and Female Guards

Hogan has a psychometric inventory called Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory, which measures your values. One such value is power. People who score high on this value desire success, accomplishment, status and control. So they look of opportunities and jobs where they can become successful, get ahead of others and have chance to control others to achieve goals.

Nazi philosophy believed that women should look after home and give birth to children- Kinder, Küche, Kirche. Women were banned from occupying higher level positions in administration, industry and army.

Mutter mit Kindern

“For German woman her world is her husband, her family, her children, and her home.”

-Adolf Hitler

Those who were critical of Nazism like Liselotte Herrmann and Sophia Magdalena Scholl were executed.

As World War 2 progressed, Germany started facing shortage of manpower, so they were forced to employ women, but women were inferior to men.

BU 4065

Nazis started hiring female guards for concentration camps set up to kill Jews, Romanis and Slavs. Most of these women came from lower middle class background and had little education (making indoctrination easy); suddenly they got unlimited power over Jews, in addition to uniform and decent pay. They could have used this power to improve conditions in concentration camp, but they misused their power and started competing with male guards in cruelty. Some infamous female guards were Irma Grese ( also called  Hyena of Auschwitz), Maria Mandl, Therese Brandl, Juana Bormann (The Woman with the Dogs) and Greta Bosel .


“Schnell!” (Fast!)

-Irma Grese to her executioner

Fortunately, their tenure ended soon, when allied forces captured Germany. All of them were tried and executed. Not all were in same age group, while Irma Grese was just 22 years old when she was executed, Juana Bormann was 52 years old.


“She limped down the corridor looking old and haggard. She was 42 years old (actual age 52), standing only a little over five feet. She was trembling as she was put on the scale. In German she said: ‘I have my feelings’”

– Albert Pierrepoint, executioner about Juana Bormann.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s