Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS, found in San Francisco
On Tuesday, the Justice Department deported 84 year old Elfriede Rinkel to Germany. It turns out that she had been a guard during World War II at the notorious women’s concentration camp Ravensbruck. As many as 90,000 women of varied backgrounds died at Ravensbruck, inside what was then Nazi Germany. She worked as a guard from from June 1944 to April 1945.
Ms. Rinkel reportedly lived at Bush and Powell, a mere 4 blocks from my apartment.She evidently married a Jewish man and attended synagogue as well. Make of this what you will, but I can say that she probably didn’t sleep well at night for more than one reason.
The Chron says:
The Justice Department alleged that Rinkel had used attack dogs to march emaciated inmates to slave-labor sites. More than 130,000 women from dozens of countries — Jews, Gypsies and others — were brought to Ravensbruck during its six years of existence. More than two-thirds of them died of malnourishment, in medical experiments and in a gas chamber, according to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Why am I not surprised that a female Nazi prison guard settled in San Francisco?