Karl Koch was Commandant of Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, then moved to Buchenwald. and finally to Majdanek. He was executed by the Nazis for theft during the war. His wife, Isle Koch, “Bitch of Buchenwald”, is infamous for her collection of items made from the tanned skin of inmates. She rode through the camps selecting prisoners whose tattoos she fancied, had them killed, and used the skin for lampshades, purses, and other items. She committed suicide in prison in 1967.

Matt: Hey bra’, how we doin’, man?
Karl: Alright.
Matt: It’s been awhile, man. Life’s so rad! This band’s my favorite, man. Don'tcha love ‘em?
Karl: Yeah.
Matt: Aw, man, do you want beer?
Karl: Alright.
Matt: Aw, man. Wow, bra’, this is the best, man. I’m so glad we’re all back together and stuff. This is great, man.
Karl: Yeah.
Matt: Hey, do you know about the party after the show?
Karl: Yeah.
Matt: Aw, man, it’s gonna be the best. I’m so stoked! Take it easy, bra’.
—  Weezer - Undone (The Sweater Song)

Karl-Otto Koch was a commandant of Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. He then moved to Buchenwald and eventually Majdanek. His wife, Ilse Koch, also known as the “Bitch of Buchenwald” was infamous for her brutality. She created items from the skin of deceased inmates - lampshades, purses, and other items. Karl-Otto Koch was executed by the Nazis for theft, and his wife committed suicide in prison.

Ilse Koch

Ilse Koch was born in Dresden, Germany in 1906. She joined the Nazi part in 1932, only four years later she married Karl Koch, who was the commandant of Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, and later assigned in 1937 to build a new camp, Buchenwald. Ilse went with him and became a SS-Aufseherin, an overseer at the camp. This is one of the smaller posts, since there isn’t many articles about the wife of Karl Koch. 

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