Ilse Koch, known as ‘The witch of Buchenwald’ accused of taking souvenirs from murdered inmates
Ilse Koch was the wife of Karl-Otto Koch, commandant of the Nazi concentration camps Buchenwald and Majdanek. Also known as ‘The Witch of Buchenwald’, she was accused of taking souvenirs from the skin of murdered inmates with distinctive tattoos. Ilse and her husband were arrested on August 24, 1943.
However, Ilse was imprisoned until 1944 when she was acquitted for lack of evidence. Koch committed suicide in a woman’s prison at Aichach on September 1, 1967, believing that survived prisoners from the camps would come and abuse her in her cell.