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If This Is a Woman Inside Ravensbruck Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women

A groundbreaking masterful and absorbing account of the last hidden atrocity of World War II Ravensbrück the largest female only concentration camp where than 100000 women consisting of than twenty nationalities were imprisonedShortly before the outbreak of World War II Heinrich Himmler the head of the SS and the architect of the Holocaust oversaw the construction of a special concentration camp just fifty miles north of Berlin He called it Ravensbrück and during the years that followed thousands of people died there after e I understood now what this book should be a biography of Ravensbr ck beginning at the beginning and ending at the end piecing the broken story back together again as best I could The book would try to throw light on the Nazis crimes against women showing at the same time how an understanding of what happened at the camp for women can illuminate the wider Nazi story Brief History lesson Ravensbr ck the largest concentration camp for women was constructed in 1938 and officially opened in May 1939 the camp was situated 90 km north of Berlin In size the camp was second only to Auschwitz Birkenau and by January 1945 Ravensbr ck would hold than 50000 prisoners the majority women from 30 different nationalities Although there were Jewish female prisoners in the camp the SS saw the camp as an appropriate place to house political prisoners Communists asocials such as the RomaJehovah Witnesses prostitutes and race defilers women of impure race sleeping with men of the Aryan race members of the French resistance British female agents caught in France etc These women were forced into labor including making supplies for the German army at the nearby Siemens factory Many of the Polish women became rabbits for the camp doctors including sterilization and being injected with gangrene gas When the Auschwitz Birkenau camp staff was forced to flee from the Soviets in Poland Ravensbr ck uickly became an extermination camp as the SS hurried to hide evidence before the Allied troops would arrive in Germany After the war many survivors were told that their stories of Ravensbr ck didn t need to be heard or that their countrymen wouldn t be interested in learning of their suffering and so many stayed uiet Sorry to get personal but When I was 22 and at university studying for my education degree I attended a session in which I heard my first Holocaust survivor testimony a man who lost his parents and all seven of his siblings in the camps who survived Auschwitz immigrated to Canada and for forty years never spoke to anyone about his experiences during the war Although his closest friends knew that he was Jewish he never told them he was a survivor of the Holocaust He only decided to talk when the stories of Holocaust denial began to surface and he realized that he no longer could be silent During the A a young man a history major asked As a Holocaust survivor which film Schindler s List or The Pianist has done a better job of telling the story of the Holocaust survivor You can imagine that all 100 people including myself leaned in to hear what he would say because of course we had watched those films He thought for a long moment and said Honestly if Hollywood were ever to make a movie on what we all went through in those camps no one in Canada or the United States would ever want to see itWhat he said that night lingers with me every time I read a book or watch a movie fiction or non fictionWhat I thought Sarah Helm presents a meticulously written account of what the many women of the camp endured during a six year period The truth is that there are not many books devoted to the Ravensbr ck camp and it is clear to see that Helm wants to have the voices of these women heard because for many it is the first time It reminded me of A Train in Winter An Extraordinary Story of Women Friendship and Resistance in Occupied France which also faced a lot of criticism from readers about how cumbersome it became having so many women introduced within chapters My suggestion to future readers is to make sure you have a hard copy of the book to flip back and forth to the footnotes with ease As well don t be afraid to take breaks Each chapter or multiple chapters present testimony after testimony of what women from the different countries endured at the hands of the Ravensbr ck guards doctors and even among one another I had to read the book in small increments of time because there was only so much I felt that I could handle Although Helm does her best to maintain chronological order in the text she also does have to let the readers know that sometimes she is actually speaking with one of the survivors So she mentions things like sitting at their kitchen table in Moscow or Israel or Germany I never felt this hinder my reading experience because there is also repetition of some names and events SO I couldn t exactly forget Helm also focuses on some of the recognizable names that found themselves at the camp Corrie Ten Boom and her sister Genevieve de Gaulle niece of a certain French general Mary Lindell British nurse living in France that helped Allied airmen until she was caught by the Gestapo British agents under the command of The Spymistress Vera Atkins and Germaine Tillion who published a memoir in 1946 about her experiences in the campRavensbr ck On the subject of the Nuremberg and Hamburg trials Helm mentions that Tillion was critical and wrote to the effect It was impossible to try the crimes of the abnormal world of concentration camps within the confines of a normal court Only the accused and the witnesses understood the abnormal world which made them partners in the sharing of this awful knowledge the rest of the world was in the dark The camp was a training ground or stepping stone for female guards to practice their skills and if they caught the eyes of their leadership they would be able to be promoted to the coveted job as a guard in Auschwitz There is actually this segment in the book where Helm details how Rudolf H ss commandant of Auschwitz accuses one of the commandants of Ravensbr ck of keeping the best female guards for himself Proving that even German high command could resort to pettiness There are inserts all the way through of the line of thinking of the top ranking Nazis but Helm really concentrates on providing the reader with anecdotes on Heinrich Himmler as he often visited the camps Some I felt were interesting and others seemed ill placed given whatever the focus of the chapter was So why has the Ravensbr ck camp been largely ignored In her epilogue Helm sums up some of the scholarly answers that have cropped up over the years It was smaller scale than many others it didn t fit easily into the central narrative camp documents had been completely destroyed it was hidden behind the Iron Curtain the prisoners were only women yet it is precisely because this was a camp for women that Ravensbr ck should have shaken the conscience of the world I am going to leave it there because Sarah Helm goes on to say a lot of other that no doubt has and will spark great debate among many readers It may or may not sit well with you myself I am still fresh from the reading and I think it will take awhile to process it all I could probably go on and on about this book but I know that many people will say I cannot read a sad book especially about concentration camps Is it sad Absolutely Do I have to read this book No it doesn t have to be this book In fact if you can attend an event in your community and hear a survivor or visit a Holocaust museum that s even better Thanks to all my Goodreads pals that cheered me along and have continuously engaged with me in discussions regarding this book

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Nduring brutal forms of torture All were women There are a handful of studies and memoirs that reference Ravensbrück but until now no one has written a full account of this atrocity perhaps due to the mostly masculine narrative of war or perhaps because it lacks the Jewish context of most mainstream Holocaust history Ninety percent of Ravensbrück's prisoners were not Jewish Rather they were political prisoners Resistance fighters lesbians prostitutes even the sister of New York's Mayor LaGuardia In a perverse twist most of t Ravensbr ckA resolution I made upon finishing Sarah Helm s excruciatingly detailed history of Nazi Germany s horrifying punishment camp for women is never again to compare any politician in a democracy to Hitler or persons holding distasteful views to Nazis This was the worst Sarah Helm was the author of Vera Atkins and the Search for the Missing SOE Women Some of them died at Ravensbr ck and most probably Helm s research led her to attempting a full scale history a 700 page opus telling the story from the camp s beginning in 1939 to its liberation by the Soviet Army in 1945 Inverted commas as the Russian soldiers continued their orgy of mass rape even on the camp s survivors Originally the camp was intended for criminals and enemies of the regime asocials and Communists but also Jehovah s Witnesses The latter two groups proved to be amongst the most disciplined and principled inmates As German conuests progressed Czechs Poles Russians French women and British agents joined them Though the uninterrupted and mostly gratuitous cruelty systematic beatings starving musters for roll calls lasting hours in frigid weather almost dulls the reader s capacity for shock the accounts of the medical experiments were worseYet this is also a story of great bravery and courage particularly by the Polish rabbits and the Soviet Army women doctors and their leader Yevgenia Klemm Elizabeth Wein used this book as a source for her wonderful story Rose Under Fire and though I cannot imagine many readers who could stomach the seemingly unremitting terrors of Ravensbr ck had I not been listening on audible on a long car journey I couldn t the courage and sufferings of the victims deserves remembrance As a male I was continually struck by how much better women can be at forming relationships for mutual support accounts of Japanese prisoner of war camps have a very different flavour Not that many inmates did not behave abominably especially the asocials fated to perish without memorials Understandably the East German regime gave all the credit to the Communists and used them for anti West German propagandaThough the camp commanders and authorities were all men women played a major role as guards in abusing the prisoners and as often they seem motivated by simply doing what was expected of them rather than acting out of innate savagery One of them Johanna Langefeld actually assisted the prisoners and saved some from death After the war she was shielded from being punished by the Polish Communists by her former prisoners Like so many wartime horrors we are left feeling that they bring out the very worst in some and the best in others The moral is obvious but it was worth Sarah Helm s magnificent efforts as a researcher and writer I d place this book alongside Max Hasting s Bomber Command as the best Second World War nonfiction books I ve ever read Afghanistan perhaps due to the mostly masculine narrative of war or The Black Sheeps Secret Child perhaps because it lacks the Jewish context of most mainstream Holocaust history Ninety The Billionaires Desire percent of Ravensbrück's After the Flood prisoners were not Jewish Rather they were Trust in Tomorrow political Manga: Pure Soldier OTOMAIDEN 4 (English Edition): Strategy of Demonic Vassal Part 1 prisoners Resistance fighters lesbians After the Flood prostitutes even the sister of New York's Mayor LaGuardia In a Bronxwood perverse twist most of t Ravensbr ckA resolution I made upon 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He guards were women themselves Sarah Helm's groundbreaking work sheds much needed light on an aspect of World War II that has remained in the shadows for decades Using research into German and newly opened Russian archives as well as interviews with survivors Helm has produced a landmark achievement that weaves together various accounts allowing us to follow characters on both sides of the prisonerguard divide Chilling compelling and deeply unsettling  Ravensbrück is essential reading for anyone concerned with Nazi history This book took me a really long time to read I had to put it down for a few months It is incredibly well researched and the author pulls no punches The book is historical but told in categories and chronology Ravensbruck was a concentration camp in eastern Germany built to re educate women In the beginning the prisoners were mostly political and asocials A large majority were Polish Of particular interest Himmler allowed medical experiments to be performed on 76 young healthy women beginning with introduction of foreign objects in their legs to copy shrapnel Additionally bacteria tetanus typhus staff were also administered to the women Eventually the doctors did experiments that removed bones muscles ligaments to see if they would grow back maiming the women permanently Those who lived lived under the protection of other prisoners At all costs the rabbits were to survive and show the world what had been done to them Their physical maiming was an archetype of the abuse the women suffered every day So then I put it down for a few months In the interim I picked up a historical fiction called Lilac Girls and recognized names from Ravensbruck I used Ravensbruck as a reference and found myself reading it again Ravensbruck is also the camp where Corrie ten Boom and her sister Betsy were held The difference between this and other books about Ravensbruck is that this book is not one single experience but a broad overview of the camp as told by hundreds of sources The author writes about the historical holes that previously existed about Ravensbruck because it was liberated by the Russians by liberated I mean that the Russians arrived and raped and pillaged the camp and town then fell under communist rule The Polish rabbits that returned to Poland returned to a country run by Stalin and the Stasi The Russian prisoners were advised to never speak of it Many first hand accounts were destroyed or died in the Gulags It is the best and most comprehensive book I have read about Ravensbruck For an uplifting perspective on forgiveness read The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom For a well researched book including hundreds of perspectives read this one


10 thoughts on “If This Is a Woman Inside Ravensbruck Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women

  1. says:

    I understood now what this book should be a biography of Ravensbrück beginning at the beginning and ending at the end piecing the broken story back together again as best I could The book would try to throw light on the Nazis' crimes against women showing at the same time how an understanding of what happened at the camp for women can illuminate the wider Nazi story Brief History lesson Ravensbrück the largest concentration camp for wome

  2. says:

    Disclaimer ARC via Netgalley Is anyone else besides me tired of movies where men do everything and are the heroes and women are mere appendages Why for instance are heroic men usually highlighted in various ways from best Oscar nods to HBO mini series to be the detective who should get smacked This isn’t to discredit men after all the Founding Fathers were men so simply calling them the Founders is a bit well facile Ho

  3. says:

    Wow What a chunkster of a book; basically 3 books in one Too big a burden to carry most places and you almost need a bipod to set the thing on while you read it A thick thick bookand I was riveted to every page Any other boo

  4. says:

    This is the best non fictional work available on Ravensbrück the female concentration camp opened in 1939 fifty miles north of Berlin and liberated six years later by the Russians One of the most neglected horror

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    It has taken a fortnight to read this bookor rather to LIVE this book It is haunting horrifying and a major work How Sarah Helm endured writing it is almost beyond belief Write it uickly she was advised but here it is over 600 page

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    RavensbrückA resolution I made upon finishing Sarah Helm’s excruciatingly detailed history of Nazi Germany’s horrifying punishment camp fo

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    This is a detailed historical account of life in Ravensbrück the only German concentration camp designed solely for women It covers the camp from its inception as a place to punish the unwanted in pre war German society ie communists Jews prostitutes lesbians etc it’s evolution into a massive slave labor machine and finally its conversion into a full blown extermination camp Ravensbrück fell behind the Ir

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    In If This is a Woman Sarah Helm has written utterly phenomenal study She tells of the atrocities of Ravensbruck a German concentration camp during the Second World War and the only one of its kind exclusively for women prisoners It is the first book to write extensively about Ravensbruck one of the final camps to be liberated by t

  9. says:

    This book took me a really long time to read I had to put it down for a few months It is incredibly well researched and the author pulls no punches The book is historical but told in categories and chronology Ravensbruck was a concentration camp in eastern Germany built to re educate women In the beginning the prisoners were mostly

  10. says:

    This is an important book

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