Margarete Rabe

Margarete Rabe

Guard + Overseer + Attendant
Born 1923
Age 92

Of the 55,000 guards who served in Nazi concentration camps, about 3,700 were women. In 1942, the first female guards arrived at Auschwitz and Majdanek from Ravensbrück. The year after, the Nazis began conscripting women because of a guard shortage. The German title for this position, Aufseherin means female overseer or attendant.… Read More

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1923 Birth Margarete Rabe, born in Neustadt-Glewe on October 2, 1923, was a guard at two concentration camps from November 1944 until April 1945.


1942 19 Years Old The same sources claim Dorothea Binz, head training overseer at Ravensbruck after 1942, trained her female students in the finer points of "malicious pleasure" (Schadenfreude or sadism). … Read More


1944 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1944, Rabe applied to the Neustadt camp office at Neustadt-Glewe to be a guard, and was stationed at Ravensbrück concentration camp on November 7, 1944. … Read More
1945 22 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The head wardress at the camp pointed out that she was too polite and too kind towards the inmates, resulting in her subsequent dismissal from camp duty in January 1945. … Read More
1948 25 Years Old At the second Ravensbrück Trial in April 1948, the British court handed her a sentence of life imprisonment. … Read More


1954 31 Years Old Rabe was released from prison on February 26, 1954, having served five years and ten months in confinement.
1956 33 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1956, she was released for good behavior.


1975 52 Years Old Though not named, an overseer plays a prominent role in the 1975 film The Hiding Place, during scenes when Corrie ten Boom and her sister Betsie are imprisoned at Ravensbruck. … Read More


1996 73 Years Old In 1996, she was once again tried for the murder of a young woman in Malchow at the end of the war. The doctor overseeing the trial told the court that the proceedings were too much for the elderly woman and all charges were dropped. As of 2011, Danz is still alive at the age of 94. In 1996, a story broke in Germany about Margot Pietzner (married name Kunz), a former Aufseherin from Ravensbruck, the Belzig subcamp and a subcamp at Wittenberg.
2004 81 Years Old In an interview in 2004, Bothe was asked if she regretted being a guard in a concentration camp. … Read More
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