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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. This is the best non fictional work available on Ravensbr ck 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 horrors of the Nazi regime actually only a few memoirs written by former inmates often contradicting each other have ever provided any account of the events that took place in the camp WhyBecause at the end of the war the small village of Ravensbr ck found itself in the Russian occupied zone soon to become East Germany DDR the camp was therefore turned into a monument to the communist Resistence even though no information was available to the West until the Iron Curtain fell After the trials of 1946 the world forgot about the female lager in spite of the huge number of victims It s still impossible indeed to determine how many women died in the camp since the inmates files were mostly destroyed in the final days 30000 90000 Jewish French Polish Dutch Russian women were killed by starvation overwork illness beatings not to mention the Gypsies whose arrival was often unscheduled and left no trace of their presence in the camp Sarah Helm s is the first real attempt to tell the story of these women by providing the most complete anatomy of Ravensbr ck to date Helm s main source of information are British counterintelligence dossiers and interviews in which the author herself met some of the survivors She wants the reader to be aware of a fact a great deal of the witness available so far has been unconsciously used as a means of political propaganda so that only the political prisoners those wearing red triangles on their camp uniforms have been remembered and honoured The greens so called criminals and blacks the asocials ranging from prostitutes to homosexuals to Gypsies to numberless other categories were just not worth mentioning in any Memorial Day behind the Iron Curtain Helm has indeed the merit to tell about their suffering and remember their existence names stories words said and heard are finally brought back from the limbo of oblivion and treated with the respect that is due to any victimNeither some of the greatest female personalities of the time were spared the horrors of Ravensbr ck though Milena Jesenska Kafka s Czech lover Olga Benario the legendary Jewish and communist activist Grete B Neumann another communist who was imprisoned in one of Stalin s Siberian gulag before being handed out to the Nazis the British secret agent Yvonne Basaden are only some of the inmate celebrities as they were known by their fellow prisoners who found themselves struggling for survival their own as well as the other women s Helm s work becomes unbearably and necessarily detailed when it comes to describing the unthinkable medical experiments that took place in the camp hospital As almost any concentration camp Ravensbr ck provided an unlimited supply of human guinea pigs and disposable victims SS doctors were assigned the task to perform on the prisoners on account of the army and various farmaceutical firms The Ravensbr ck doctors male and female crippled dozens of Poles in order to experiment on their leg bones They were called Rabbits the few survivors among this group would show their horribly mangled shins and thighs during the post war trials so that some of those doctors were sentenced to death as war criminals As for the camp maternity ward it s easy to guess what would happen to pregnant women as soon as the pregnancies were ascertained or they gave birth to their babies The camp was also involved in the usual exploitation of slave labour through a net of sub camps but also inside the main lager some first rank German firms didn t miss the chance to spare money by employing the prisoners No need to say that only a small part of these war profiteers payed for their crimes From the meanness of the informers to the sadistic attitude of the kapos Blockovas in the inmates jargon Helm unravels the darkest side of daily life in a concentration camp in which courage and abjection good and evil become part of everyone s soul Nobody is totally guilty nor totally innocent when it comes to surviving it s a state of the mind far beyond judgment not by any common standard at least Not from our safe distant external point of view That s why the author also talks about the trivial aspects of the guards lives they were part of it too and must be remembered even though for different reasons Lakeside picnics delightful pastimes Maria Mandl was seen playing the piano in absolute ecstasy after beating a prisoner to death drunken orgies Olympia rolls inner conflicts Johannna Langefeld the first female commander was deeply upset by the SS barbarous rules and was dismissed from both Ravensbr ck and Auschwitz in favour of tougher women the guards were mostly country girls in their twenties who got involved in something bigger than them Some of those girls surrendered to their worst instincts and turned into monsters like the outstandingly young and beautiful Dorothea Binz and Irma Grese soon to be known as The Beautiful Beast of Auschwitz and Belsen Binz became Oberaufseherin female chief supervisor and her insane ferociousness terrified her unfortunate prisoners for years On the other side the heroism of many inmates was incredible some of them defied death to help a friend or sabotage the Nazi killing machine The Red Army women and French partisans also played an important role in the camp underground resistence the author tells us about the iron discipline of the Russians as well as the French prisoners pride in the daily struggle to survive and help each other Alas not even liberation was easy The Red Army soldiers didn t hesitate to rape the exhausted women and pillage the camp so that the inmates found themselves utterly abandoned still suffering and starving until the international Red Cross sent buses and trains to pick them up and give them medical care It took a long time though for the women to join their families those of them who still had any relative of course Whole families had been destroyed by forced migration deportation executions In these cases leaving Ravensbr ck was the beginning of an entirely new kind of sorrow the loss of hope It was the hope to come back to their families that had kept those poor creatures alive we can only imagine how devastatingly alone they must have felt how painful freedom would be Sarah Helm s work is perfect from any point of view The book is exceptionally documented and well written Its 658 pages followed by an interesting bibliography and detailed notes are a tribute to six years of suffering and dying the voices of these women are finally speaking again to the outside world to that world that s been ignoring them for decades There are also many pictures of the women mentioned in the text the Russian fighters the guards enjoying themselves on sunny afternoons the Polish Rabbits with their wounded legs the perpetrators on trial the mass of anonymous victims I can t honestly say that I enjoyed this book How could anyone enjoy reading about such abomination Nonetheless I wish I had read it before It made me realise how much I ignored no how much I presumptuously believed to know about depravity and heroism forever struggling throughout history for the possession of human soul Life is a Dream torture All were women There are a handful of studies and memoirs უხილავი ქალაქები that reference Ravensbrück but until now no one has written a full account of Amberville (Mollisan Town Quartet, this atrocity perhaps due Summer Horse (Saddle Club, to Zuckerman Unbound the mostly masculine narrative of war or perhaps because it lacks Ténébreux samedi the Jewish context of most mainstream Holocaust history Ninety percent of Ravensbrück's prisoners were not Jewish Rather The Mark of Cain (Long Lankin, they were political prisoners Resistance fighters lesbians prostitutes even Every Pretty Thing (Darby McCormick, the 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the outstandingly young and beautiful Dorothea Binz and Irma Grese soon Anna & Elsa to be known as The Beautiful Beast of Auschwitz and Belsen Binz became Oberaufseherin female chief supervisor and her insane ferociousness Endless (Haven, terrified her unfortunate prisoners for years On Mythical Creatures Boxed Set the other side Dumbo Deluxe Step into Reading the heroism of many inmates was incredible some of Pigs in Heaven them defied death Flubby Is Not a Good Pet! to help a friend or sabotage Forever In My Heart (Dennehy Sisters, the Nazi killing machine The Red Army women and French partisans also played an important role in Spot Goes to the Beach the camp underground resistence Goodnight Princess the author How to be a Teenage Millionaire tells us about Direct Flight to Murder the iron discipline of Discourse and Digital Practices the Russians as well as Power Engineering the French prisoners pride in The Intimate Bond the daily struggle La cattedrale del mare to survive and help each other Alas not even liberation was easy The Red Army soldiers didn Robotics Demystified t hesitate Focus on Apple Aperture the exhausted women and pillage Memoria de mis putas tristes the camp so Mon Mai 1968 that The Art Of Probability the inmates found Torrent (Slow Burn, themselves utterly abandoned still suffering and starving until The Ghost Garden the international Red Cross sent buses and Dr. Seusss Spooky Things trains The Logic of Expression to pick A Puppy for Miguel them up and give Copperhead them medical care It Alpha and Omega took a long Changed into an Asian Schoolgirl time Poetry of the Thirties though for Selected Poems to join Girl Online On Tour (Girl Online, their families In the Dream House those of The Midwifes Special Delivery these cases leaving Ravensbr ck was Resistance and Hope the beginning of an entirely new kind of sorrow My Paris Kitchen the loss of hope It was Un Pez, DOS Peces, Pez Rojo, Pez Azul the hope Jane Against the World to come back The Wifes Tale to Under the Rainbow their families The Making of a Sonnet that had kept Maigret Hesitates those poor creatures alive we can only imagine how devastatingly alone Rabbit and His Friends they must have felt how painful freedom would be Sarah Helm s work is perfect from any point of view The book is exceptionally documented and well written Its 658 pages followed by an interesting bibliography and detailed notes are a Everything We Ever Wanted tribute Fear of Falling (Wild at Heart, to six years of suffering and dying Richard Scarrys Naughty Bunny the voices of Escape from Mr. Lemoncellos Library (Mr. Lemoncellos Library, these women are finally speaking again Five Tank Engine Tales to Hideaway the outside world The Bauhaus Group to The Nameless Queen that world Dragons in a Bag (Dragons in a Bag that s been ignoring Prohibido nacer them for decades There are also many pictures of When God Made You the women mentioned in Hoot A Sort Of Owl From Timbuctoo! the Flo text Who Has Seen The Wind the Russian fighters Peter Parrot Private Eye (Heres looking at you, 2000) the guards enjoying Mercy Inn themselves on sunny afternoons Little Miss Chatterboxs Guide to Gossip the Polish Rabbits with The Greys their wounded legs The Little Farm the perpetrators on Highwayman Husband trial Chaos Bound (Chronicles from the Applecross the mass of anonymous victims I can My One and Only t honestly say Billionaires Favorite Fantasy that I enjoyed Captive of the Border Lord. 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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

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    Disclaimer ARC via Netgalley Is anyone else besides me tired of movies where men do everything and are the heroes and women are mere appendage

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    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

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    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 horrors of the Nazi regime actually only a few memoirs written by former inmates often contradicting each other ha

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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 pages of exhaustive research and interviews of digging out obscure records and lively interviews

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    RavensbrückA 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 dista

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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

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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 th

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    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 Rav

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    This is an important book

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