The Jewish Women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp

TitleThe Jewish Women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsSaidel, Rochelle G.
Number of Pages279
PublisherUniversity of Wisconsin Press
CityMadison, WI
Abstract

Ravensbrück was the only major Nazi concentration camp for women. Located about fifty miles north of Berlin, the camp was the site of murder by slave labor, torture, starvation, shooting, lethal injection, "medical" experimentation, and gassing. While this camp was designed to hold 5,000 women, the actual figure was six times this number. Between 1939 and 1945, 132,000 women from twenty-three countries were imprisoned in Ravensbrück, including political prisoners, Jehovah's Witnesses, "asocials" (including Roma, prostitutes, and lesbians), criminals, and Jewish women (who made up about 20 percent of the population). Only 15,000 survived. Drawing upon more than sixty narratives and interviews of survivors in the United States, Israel, and Europe as well as unpublished testimonies, documents, and photographs from private archives, this work provides a vivid collective and individual portrait of Ravensbrück's Jewish women prisoners. The author includes accounts of the women's treatment, their daily struggles to survive, their hopes and fears, their friendships, their survival strategies, and the aftermath. 

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