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July 17, 2015

Sleeping With the Enemy: Pictures of Collaborator Girls in World War II, Some Are Shocking Ones!

There are thousands joyful pictures of the liberation of France in 1944. But among the cheering images there are also shocking ones. These show the fate of women accused of “collaboration horizontale”. It is impossible to forget Robert Capa’s fallen-Madonna image of a shaven-headed young woman, cradling her baby, implicitly the result of a relationship with a German soldier.

In 1942, Germany dominated most of Europe. Greater Germany had been enlarged at the expense of its neighbors. They were there, and, like soldiers of every army of every period of history, as soon as they got comfortable they started scouting around for women. And, as always in times of military occupation, there were women to be found.

The punishment of shaving a woman’s head had biblical origins. In Europe, the practice dated back to the dark ages, with the Visigoths. During the middle ages, this mark of shame, denuding a woman of what was supposed to be her most seductive feature, was commonly a punishment for adultery. Shaving women’s heads as a mark of retribution and humiliation was reintroduced in the 20th century. After French troops occupied the Rhineland in 1923, German women who had relations with them later suffered the same fate. And during the Second World War, the Nazi state issued orders that German women accused of sleeping with non-Aryans or foreign prisoners employed on farms should also be publicly punished in this way.

German soldiers exchanging their clothes with their girlfriends. Those uniforms really fit those Frenchwomen pretty well!


Another collaborator, somewhere in France. Found on a German POW.

Nobody seems to know where this photo came from. It shows a young lady in an officer’s (Untersturmführer) uniform. Women could not join SS units except as auxiliaries, and certainly did not wear SS officer uniforms.

Off-duty Wehrmacht soldier spending a day at the pool with his girlfriend.

French girl engaged to German soldier follows him into prison compound after his capture near Orleans by U.S. forces. This would have been around August 1944. She undoubtedly was safer in there with him than on the streets, subject to abuse by the partisans.

This Frenchwoman does not look like she is suffering, nor the ones in the background.

A French woman cavorting with members of Hitler’s SS in bars and cabarets.

Members of the Norwegian collaborationist Special Squad Lola (Sonderabteilung Lola) whose mission was to infiltrate the Norwegian resistance, are being tried after the war. Spirits seem to be high - indicating the level of callousness of these hardened war criminals. Lola worked under the orders of the SS/SD; several hundred Norwegians were tortured, and it is believed that Lola killed more than 80 people. Ten defendants, all men, were found guilty and shot. The rest (the women) received long prison sentences.

There are thousands upon thousands of joyful pictures of the liberation of France in 1944. But among the cheering images there are also shocking ones. These show the fate of women accused of “collaboration horizontale”.

Belgian women who had collaborated with the Germans are shaved, tarred and feathered and forced to give a Nazi salute.

A Nazi “collaborator” - a French woman having her head shaved following liberation, as punishment for an on-going sexual relationship with a Nazi soldier during the occupation of France.

Female French collaborator having her head shaved during Liberation of Marseilles. Some of the onlookers appear quite amused.

Women who consorted with the Germans during the occupation are driven through the streets of Cherbourg by members of the French resistance. Their head were shaved in order to humiliate them. The perks of sleeping with SS men were extra rations or quality food, access to forbidden luxury goods such as perfume and stockings and freedom from certain restrictions. The downside as seen by their contemporaries who later shot or ostracized and humiliated them was complicity in - or perhaps even knowledge of - the hell and slaughter of the concentration camps.

Going strictly by their attire and their, shall we say, defiant postures, these may have been working girls. Parading them around like this may seem a bit much to today’s audience, but at the time, this image would have evoked feelings of victory and just retribution. Some probably wanted them shot out of hand.

A French woman collaborator and her baby, whose father is German, returns to her home followed by a throng of taunting townspeople after having her head shaven following the capture of Chartres by the Allies, August 1944. It appears that she is passing some women who suffered a similar fate. Photo by Robert Capa.

In the streets of Brignoles, angry French citizens publicly rebuke a woman who is suspected of having collaborated with the Germans. Women often were the most upset with other women who collaborated.

Members of the French resistance in Cherbourg shear the hair of women who collaborated with the Germans during the occupation.

A woman with a shaven head, accused of collaborating with the Germans during the German occupation of France, is marched away by a member of the French Resistance in a street at Chartres after the city’s liberation. August 1944.

Accused collaborators photographed after being punished by the French resistance. Funnily enough, the resistance punished collaborators in the same manner that only years early the Nazi party had used on perpetrators who had been perpetrators of “race crimes” (i.e., having sex with the wrong people) in Germany and Austria.

Members of the French resistance lead two women accused of being German sympathizers to the local prison, where their heads will be shaved as punishment for collaboration. Notice how they are touching their soon-to-be-shorn locks. August 29, 1944.

A French woman accused of sleeping with Germans has her head shaved by neighbors in a village near Marseilles. Note the large crowd of partisans.

In the Normandy village of Liesville, angry French patriots take hold of Juliette Audieve, thought to have been a collaborator with the Germans. It appears the two ladies standing casually by are also partisans.

Moments later, the two French patriots try to cut off the hair of Juliette Audieuve as punishment for collaborating with the German forces occupying France during World War II, Liesville, France, 1944.

There she goes under the scissors.

A collaborator being humiliated, with the usual crowd of people above suspicion.

(via World War II in Pictures)


  1. The allies were rats and communists

    1. WRONG Communist Filth

    2. both sides were and still the same shit

  2. There is so much information in these pictures... Wish they had captions.

  3. Gordon, get with reality you Nazi Facist.

  4. Gordon. Go fuck yourself with your Nazionale finger!

  5. Y tú tienes pinta de ser subnormal.

  6. your mother is a whore

  7. Their punishments were nothing compared to the atrocities their lovers committed. These photos preserve their humiliation forever. They probably remain whores to this hell.

    1. Lol what? Can you name one allied force that did not commit massive atrocities and war crimes? what a stupid fucking statement. The allies are guilty of far more than ANY of the Germans. Look at the world today you pathetic dog. The west is falling apart because the wrong side won the war. Communist pig.

    2. The allies liberated Europe from Hitler's atrocities including murdering six million Jews. My father was one of the sailors in world war two , he saw many of his fellow Canadian, British and American soldiers slaughtered by ruthless Germans, including seeing men drowning in the Atlantic after German subs sank their ship which was carrying supplies to England from Canada. He also saw thousands of dead bodies at Normandy. The freedoms we have in the west are because brave men and women stood up against fascism. Perhaps you would be happy if Hitler had won and you could be saluting the Nazi flag each day?

    3. I am completely on your side with the murdering of six million jews. That was cruel and unnecessary slaughter. But slaughter by ruthless germans that sank ships? Seriously? What was the bombing of german cities with major industries then? And the bombing of major cities, days before the war was won? That sounds a bit one sided and, sorry, unrealistic. That is, what war is. Cruel murdering on both sides. The allies and soviets werent the shining heroes in gold, as we are told today. Sorry.

    4. It was war folks - an atrocity in and of itself. I'm certainly glad the allies won, but that does not excuse the United States from policies from which Hitler himself took inspiration: Forced racial segregation (including the armed forces), forced sterilization of "undesirables" (primarily nonwhites and the mentally ill or physically handicapped - a practice that did not end in some places in the US until the 1970s!) and lets not forget racially motivated lynchings and property theft

    5. Victors always write the history.

  8. Some of the colloborators actually worked for SIS

  9. lol I'm shocked at everyone in the comments defending this vigilante justice

    1. I cant believe how many people don't condemn war of any kind what does it bring except millions of people being put into the worst misery and sadness for in the long run nothing nobody wins look at all the wars in history what have they changed, the people that started them are the only ones who benefit.Just like today look at the mess the world is in and the people who are creating all of the death and misery aren't suffering, just people like all of us who allow these few to make us do to each other what hopefully we would never do.

  10. They should have been made to strip and then walked out of town naked. That would have been real punishment. Out in the countryside with no clothes or food would have made them reconsider their career paths..

  11. What I hate to see are the pretty women that are hung or shot. Now that is a real waste of awesome pussy. They should have kept the pretty ones as sex slaves for the troops. Much longer punishment than a quick hanging or bullet. But if you are gonna shoot them or hang them at least make them strip. Much better psychological punishment to be naked in public and realize your naked body is going to be on display after you are dead.

  12. Ah, there they are. The Heroes of World War II. :D Behaving like animals themselves. Why am i not surprised?

  13. It was war and these women were trying to survive, there is a good chance most were aware of the loss the French had during the first war. Hard to blame them when the country leaders rolled out the carpet for Germany. I speak as the son of a WW2 vet and POW in Germany.




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