Therese Brandl (Therese Brandl)

Therese Brandl

Born in Staudach-Egerndach, Bavaria, Therese Brandl entered Ravensbrück concentration camp in March 1940 to begin her training under SS-Oberaufseherin Johanna Langefeld. Sent to Auschwitz I during March 1942, Brandl worked in the laundry and soon rose through the ranks and became an Erstaufseherin (First Guard) directly under Margot Dreschel and Maria Mandl. In the summer of 1943, she received a medal from the Reich for her “good conduct” in the camps. She took part in selections of women and children to the gas chambers as well as physically abusing prisoners, including children, as Andreas Larinciakos, a nine-year-old boy from Cles, Italy, recalled: “While in the camp, Doctor Mengele took my blood many times. In November 1944, all children were transferred to Camp A, the gypsy camp. When they counted us, one was found missing, so Mandl, manageress of the women’s camp and her assistant, Therese Brandl, drove us out into the street at one in the morning and made us stand there in the frost until noon the next day.”

In November 1944, with the approach of the Soviet Army, Therese Brandl was sent to the Mühldorf Forest subcamp of Dachau along with Mandel and was demoted to Aufseherin. Not many reports have surfaced about Brandl’s behavior at Muhldorf. She ultimately fled from Muhldorf on 27 April 1945, weeks before the arrival of the United States Army. On 29 August 1945, the U.S. Army arrested her in the Bavarian mountains of Germany and sent her to a holding camp to await questioning. In November 1947 she was tried by the Polish authorities along with Mandl, Luise Danz, Hildegard Lächert and Alice Orlowski in the Auschwitz Trial at Kraków. On 22 December 1947, Brandl was convicted of participating in the selection of inmates to be put to death. She was hanged in prison on 28 January 1948, four days before her 46th birthday.



  • February, 01, 1902
  • Staudach-Egerndach, Bavaria


  • January, 28, 1948
  • Kraków, Poland

Cause of Death

  • execution by hanging

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