Elisabeth Becker

Elisabeth Becker (20 July 1923 – 4 July 1946) was a concentration camp guard in World War II.

Elisabeth Becker
Biskupia Gorka executions - 14 - Barkmann, Paradies, Becker, Klaff, Steinhoff (left to right).jpg
The execution of guards of the Stutthof concentration camp on 4 July 1946.
Elisabeth Becker, 3nd pole, left
Born(1923-07-20)20 July 1923
Neuteich, Free City of Danzig (today Nowy Staw, Poland)
Died4 July 1946(1946-07-04) (aged 22)
Cause of deathHanging
OccupationGuards of the Stutthof concentration camp
Criminal statusDead
Criminal chargeSadistic abuse of prisoners.
PenaltySentenced to death
Execution of concentration camp guards at Biskupia Gorka: Becker executed
Execution of concentration camp guards at Biskupia Gorka: Becker executed, 4 July 1946


Becker was born in Neuteich, Free City of Danzig (today Nowy Staw, Poland) to a German family. In 1936, aged 13, she joined the League of German Girls. In 1938 she became a cook in Danzig. In 1939 the German army arrived in the city, and Becker reportedly adapted successfully to the new situation. In 1940 she began working for the firm Dokendorf in Neuteich, where she was employed until 1941, when she became an agriculture assistant in Danzig.[citation needed]


In 1944, the SS needed more guards at the nearby concentration camp at Stutthof, and Becker was called up for service. She arrived at Stutthof on 5 September 1944 to begin training as an SS Aufseherin. She later worked in the Stutthof women's camp at SK-III. There, she personally selected women and children for the gas chamber.

Post warEdit

Becker fled the camp on 15 January 1945 and went back home to Neuteich. On 13 April, Polish police arrested her and placed her in prison to await trial.

The Stutthof Trial began in Danzig on 31 May 1946 with five former SS women and several kapos as defendants. Becker, along with the other ten defendants, was sentenced to death.

She sent several letters to Polish president Bolesław Bierut requesting a pardon, claiming her actions had not been as severe as Gerda Steinhoff's or Jenny-Wanda Barkmann's.

No pardon was issued, and she was publicly hanged on 4 July 1946 at Biskupia Górka along with the ten other SS supervisors and kapos.

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