Fairy tale romance to concentration camp nightmare

Wednesday, Apr 25, 1945

The liberation of concentration camps has brought many terrible and tragic stories into the open. But the fate of Princess Mafalde of Hesse is the strangest. The news came today that she was wounded by a bomb splinter eight months ago in Buchenwald. She died in the section of the camp used as a brothel. A French journalist reported that the Princess, the daughter of King Victor Emmanuel of Italy, was sent to the concentration camp at the request of her husband, Prince Philip of Hesse, an ardent Nazi, when Hitler complained that Mafalde wasn’t eager enough about the Third Reich. The Prince was so eager to please Hitler that he even sent their children to live with Mafalde in the camp! Mommy says the Princess seemed to lead a fairy tale life – and look where it ended up.

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