Ilse Koch

Ilse Koch

Surrounded by other Nazi defendants, Ilse Koch sits on trial by the US military in 1947. Koch was the second wife of Buchenwald Concentration Camp’s second commandant Karl Otto Koch who ran the camp from 1937 to 1941. Notorious for her cruelty, brutality and sadistic violence, she was dubbed the "Witch of Buchenwald".

She was one of the first prominent Nazis to be tried by the US military. At her trial she shocked the courtroom by announcing that at 41 years old she was 8 months pregnant. More shocking was that she had been kept in isolation with no contact with any men except the American interrogators, most of whom were Jewish. It took a 2nd trial in 1950 to convict Ilse Koch. She was given a life sentence. She committed suicide in 1967.

Film: Buchenwald Trial Aka Dachau War Crime Trial