Ilse Hirsch, Hauptgruppenführerin (Captain) in the BDM (League of German Girls) - National Socialist Cover Girl, 1940.
Hirsch was a member of ‘The Werewolves’, the 1945 Nazi resistance force
working behind enemy lines during the Allies advance into Germany. At 23 years of age, she
took part in ‘Operation Carnival’, the assassination of the mayor of
Aachen, a wartime US collaborator. She parachuted along with five men
into the outskirts of Aachen. When separated from her fellows, she continued on into the town. Hirsch located the target, one Franz Oppenhoff. When reunited with her compatriots Hirsch related her intel - Oppenhoff’s execution was a remarkable success. She
was eventually arrested, tried in 1949, and sentenced to four years in prison.
Ilse Hirsch served her sentence, married, and had two strong, healthy boys. She retired near Aachen.