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ww2dbaseErna Kürbs Petri was married to SS officer Horst Petri. Her husband was posted to L'viv (German: Lemberg), Ukraine during the German occupation of Ukraine. As the manager of the family's estate of Grzenda, she mistreated the forced laborers working on the farm and had delivered several female Ukrainian workers to a concentration camp. In 1943, she killed four Jewish men who escaped from a nearby forced labor camp onto her property. Later, she discovered six Jewish boys aged 6 to 12 on her estate and found that they had escaped from a train heading for Sobibor Concentration Camp; she took them home, fed them, and then executed them in the back of the neck with a pistol in nearby woods. In 1962, the couple was found guilty by the government of East Germany; Horst Petri was sentenced to death and Erna Petri was given a life sentence.
ww2dbaseSource: Wendy Lower, Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields
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