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January 29, 1922|
Danzig-Langfuhr, Free City of Danzig
July 4, 1946 (aged 24)|
Biskupia Górka, Gdańsk, Poland
|Cause of death||Hanging|
|Occupation||Stutthof concentration camp guard|
|Criminal charge||Sadistic abuse of prisoners|
As teenager Steinhoff worked as house maid on a farm at Tygenhagen near Danzig. From 1939 she worked as a cook in Danzig, and later became a tramway conductor. She married in 1944 and had a child. In the same year, because of the Nazi call for new guards, she joined the camp staff at Stutthof. On October 1, 1944, she became a Blockleiterin in Stutthof women's camp SK-III. There, she took part in selections of prisoners to be sent to the gas chambers. On October 31, 1944, she was promoted to SS-Oberaufseherin and was assigned to the Danzig-Holm subcamp. On December 1, 1944 she was reassigned to Bromberg-Ost female subcamp of Stutthof located in Bydgoszcz, some 170 km south of Danzig. There on January 25, 1945, she received a medal for her loyalty and service to the Third Reich. She was devoted to her job in the camps and was known as a very ruthless overseer. Soon before the end of World War II, she fled the camp and went back home.
Arrest, trial and execution
On May 25, 1945, she was arrested by Polish officials and sent to prison. She stood trial with the other SS women and kapos and was convicted and condemned to death for her involvement in the selections and what was called her sadistic abuse of prisoners. She was publicly hanged on July 4, 1946, on Biskupia Gorka Hill, near Gdańsk.
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