(born September 30, 1903, Berlin, Germany
– died 1976) was a high-ranking SS
official at many of the Nazi German camps in occupied Poland
during World War II
Born as Alice Minna Elisabeth Elling
in 1903, she began her guard training at the Ravensbrück concentration camp
in Germany in 1941. In October 1942 she was selected as one of the SS Aufseherin
to be posted at the Majdanek
camp near Lublin
where she, and Hermine Braunsteiner
, came to be regarded as two of the most brutal overseers. They regularly loaded trucks of women destined for the gas chambers. When a child was left over, the two would throw him or her on the top of the adults like luggage, and bolt the door shut. Orlowski often awaited the arrivals of new transports of women. She would then whip the prisoners especially across the eyes. In Majdanek, Orlowski was promoted to the rank of Kommandoführerin
(Work Detail Overseer) in the sorting sheds.
As the SS Aufseherin, Orlowski had over 100 women under her supervision, who sorted through stolen items from gassed prisoners: watches, furs, coats, gold, jewellery, money, toys, glasses, etc. When the camp was evacuated, the Germans sent Orlowski to the notorious......