WAR CRIMES: The Widow & Her Friends

The dirty-legged slattern in the prisoner's box squinted nervously at the six U.S. officers on the Munich dais. In staccato tones, U.S. Brigadier General Emil Kiel read her sentence: "Use Koch—life imprisonment." Justice had caught up with the redheaded, 40-year-old Witch of Buchenwald, who had prisoners at the Nazi concentration camp flogged at her pleasure and who had made gloves and lamp shades from their skins after they died of torture.

Frau Koch's husband, the former commander of Buchenwald, was long since executed in one of his own butcher chambers for mishandling Nazi party funds. For the last two years...

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