It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him. – Johan Wolfgang von Goethe
*WARNING* This post contains graphic details and may not be suitable for reading if you have a weak constitution.
Frieda was assigned by the SS to work in a munitions factory in Berlin during the War, and she had little choice. Having nothing else to do with her life she didn’t resist initially. However as the war dragged on and stories of the camps and other atrocities began to get out, she began speaking out.
One day she spoke out too loudly in front of the wrong people. NAZI loyalists reported her and she soon was arrested and sent off to work in a concentration camp. She was basically treated as one of the prisoners and witnessed many atrocities. One of the worst atrocity she recalls were those internees who disobeyed. Their backs were skinned – while they were alive and conscious – and the skins were turned into lampshades for the officers’ tents. Images of these atrocities haunted her throughout her life.
She does not recall exactly how long she spent in that camp, but an old school mate of hers found her wearing rags and half-starved. He was an officer in the SS and he took pity on her and had her transferred to a nearby POW camp, where the prisoners were treated markedly better than the internees at the concentration camps.
In the POW camp she received better food, better clothes, and was befriended by the POWs imprisoned there.