Ewa Paradies

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Ewa Paradies
Biskupia Gorka executions - 18 - Paradies.jpg
Ewa Paradies hanged
Born(1920-12-17)17 December 1920
Died4 July 1946(1946-07-04) (aged 25)
Biskupia Górka, Gdańsk, Poland
Cause of deathHanging
OccupationGuards of the Stutthof concentration camp
Criminal statusDead
Criminal chargeSadistic abuse of prisoners.
PenaltySentenced to death

Ewa Paradies (17 December 1920 – 4 July 1946) was a Nazi concentration camp overseer.

The execution of guards of the Stutthof concentration camp on 4 July 1946. Paradies is second from left.

In August 1944 she went to Stutthof SK-III camp for training as an Aufseherin. She soon finished training and became a wardress. In October 1944 she was reassigned to the Bromberg-Ost subcamp of Stutthof, and in January 1945, back to Stutthof main camp.[citation needed]

In April 1945 she accompanied one of the last transports of women prisoners to the Lauenburg subcamp and fled. After she was captured, she was a defendant in the Stutthof trial. One witness testified:

She ordered a group of female prisoners to undress in the freezing cold of winter, and then doused them with ice cold water. When the women moved, Paradies beat them.[citation needed]


For this and other brutality, including causing the deaths of some prisoners, she was sentenced to death. She was publicly executed by short-drop hanging on 4 July 1946 with 10 other Stutthof guards and kapos (five women and six men total); she was the last of the women to hang.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  • Daniel Patrick Brown. The Female Auxiliaries Who Assisted the SS in Running the Nazi Concentration Camp System. Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 2002. p. 288; ISBN 0-7643-1444-0
  • Jack G. Morrison: Ravensbrück: Everyday Life in a Women's Concentration Camp 1939-45. Markus Wiener Publishers, 2000. p. 380; ISBN 1-55876-218-3
  • Rochelle G. Saidel: The Jewish Women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp. University of Wisconsin Press, 2004. p. 336; ISBN 0-299-19860-X

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