Irma Grese Was In Both A Nazi Sexploitation Series And In A Grim Holocaust Drama
For those who worry that regular porn doesn't carry enough guilt and shame in modern society, there's also Nazi sexploitation porn. A prime example is Ilsa, She Wolf Of The SS, a movie about a German officer in charge of a Nazi death camp. Sensuality ensues.
If aliens ever watch this, we're fucking toast.
The titular (shut up) Ilsa is a buxom, sadistic warden who really gets off on torture, and if you get a boner while watching this, you're legally required to visit a Holocaust Memorial and think about your life choices until it goes away. The movie spawned two sequels, set in the Middle East and Siberia, because we're the worst as a species.
Out Of The Ashes, on the other hand, was a biographical film based on a book by the cheerful title I Was A Doctor In Auschwitz. It follows Holocaust survivor Giselle Perl, a Jewish gynecologist who is accused of colluding with Josef Mengele. It's not a sexy movie, nor should it be. So why are we bringing it up, then? Because one of the characters, a sadistic guard who tortures the protagonist, feels strangely familiar ...
Wait, so the uniform in the poster above wasn't regulation?
That's (an actress portraying) Irma Grese, a real-life Nazi SS officer and guard at several concentration camps who eventually became warden of the notorious Bergen-Belsen camp. She was known as "The Hyena of Auschwitz," and was particularly legendary/reviled for her acts of sadism ... which is saying a lot, considering all her coworkers were fucking Nazis in concentration camps. According to her victims, she would go out of her way to torture people for no reason, even if it meant disobeying the orders of her superiors. There's bad, and then there's "executed for war crimes at age 22" bad.
Imperial War Museum
Rumors that she faked her death and went to work in a '60s ad agency are unsubstantiated.
So yeah, it turns out that Ilsa was inspired by a real person, rather than a combination of misguided BSDM and late-night History Channel shows. Good luck looking at yourself in the mirror ever again, dear readers who took a "bathroom break" after the first photo in this entry!
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