Ravensbrück: Life and Death in Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women

Ravensbrück: Life and Death in Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women

Sarah Helm / Feb 20, 2020

Ravensbr ck Life and Death in Hitler s Concentration Camp for Women A groundbreaking masterful and absorbing account of the last hidden atrocity of World War II Ravensbr ck the largest female only concentration camp where than women consisting of than twent

  • Title: Ravensbrück: Life and Death in Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women
  • Author: Sarah Helm
  • ISBN: 9780385520591
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A groundbreaking, masterful, and absorbing account of the last hidden atrocity of World War II Ravensbr ck the largest female only concentration camp, where than 100,000 women consisting of than twenty nationalities were imprisoned.Shortly before the outbreak of World War II, Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS and the architect of the Holocaust, oversaw the conA groundbreaking, masterful, and absorbing account of the last hidden atrocity of World War II Ravensbr ck the largest female only concentration camp, where than 100,000 women consisting of than twenty nationalities were imprisoned.Shortly 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 Ravensbr ck, and during the years that followed thousands of people died there after enduring brutal forms of torture All were women There are a handful of studies and memoirs that reference Ravensbr ck, 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 Ravensbr ck 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 the 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 prisoner guard divide Chilling, compelling, and deeply unsettling, Ravensbr ck is essential reading for anyone concerned with Nazi history.

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    1. Ravensbruck -- Um Testemunho da Força da MulherMas afinal ainda há mais? Já não foi tudo contado e recontado?!Pois éa arca dos HSGG* é como a cartola do mágico -- cada vez que se abre salta de lá um coelho!Este dá pelo nome de Ravensbruck e, como certamente se aperceberão, não pertence àqueles que celebram a vida, saltitando felizes pelos prados verdejantes!Ravensbruck é um membro Feminino da Família Campos de Concentração Nazis.E é Feminino, porque tem a ver com mulheres:Judias [...]


    2. 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. However, not all women heroes are suffragettes, white women saving [...]


    3. 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 bookd I was riveted to every page! Any other book this dense has caused my attention to lapse at least a little, but this one caught my interest early and kept it right through to the Acknowledgements.Ravensbruck was an anomaly as far as death/concentration camps were concerned. Officially I suppose it's a concentratio [...]


    4. 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 women, was constructed in 1938 and officially opened i [...]


    5. It has taken a fortnight to read this book…or, 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 quickly," she was advised but here it is - over 600 pages of exhaustive research and interviews, of digging out obscure records and lively interviews.


    6. 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 (i.e. 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 Iron Curtain after the war and it seems that most societies didn’t want to [...]


    7. (Reviewed in advanced-reading copy under the title "Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women", by Sarah Helm.)Sarah Helm has done an enormous feat of research and investigation: the story of Ravensbruck, the one camp in the Nazi system specifically for women victims, could well have been obscured or lost. The Nazis, as she shows, tried to eliminate documentation and witnesses; the site was behind the Iron Curtain for decades and mostly leveled for a Soviet army base; [...]


    8. This review originally appeared on my blog, Leeanna.==I have read a lot of books on World War II and the Holocaust, from history textbooks to historical fiction to survivor memoirs. There’s a lot of literature out there, and for good reason. It’s something we should never forget or allow to happen again. But RAVENSBRÜCK is one of those books that stands out, and for another good reason: it’s about the only concentration camp designed for women. I spent almost 21 hours reading RAVENSBRÜCK [...]


    9. 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, [...]


    10. 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 the Russians. Only ten percent of Ravensbruck's prisoners were Jewish, contrary to a lot of other camps; the rest were arrested due to opposition to the Nazi Part [...]


    11. If this is a woman took me a while to read. And most of you will know by now that I can have a bit of a habit of speed reading through the boring bits of a book, or if the topic just doesn't grab me at the time. "If this is a woman" demands to be read, and even through the hardest parts to read, Sarah Helm commands respect for the material at hand. That it took so long for an in depth analysis of Ravensbruck is a shame in itself - there are stories that are screaming to be told from these walls, [...]


    12. Sarah Helm brings attention to a part of WW2 history that doesn't get discussed quite often or get the attention it deserves. A women only prison set on German soil and run mostly by women as labor camp. The extent to which women were separated and differentiated is hardly surprising at this point. Jews were in minority where as asocials - prostitutes, lesbians, small time criminals were large in number. Helm has interviewed women, guards and auxiliary personnel to compile this book. She notices [...]


    13. Just north of Berlin, and hidden behind the Iron Curtain after World War II, Ravensbruck was a concentration camp unlike any other. Ninety percent of the camp’s prisoners were not Jewish; they were members of the Resistance, political prisoners, “asocials”, lesbians, and prostitutes. And they were all women.It’s not easy to pick up a 700+ page book on any topic, but reading a doorstop focused on the Holocaust turns that challenge up a notch. You can see clear evidence in many of the rev [...]


    14. 3.5 starsHoly geez, this book took FOR-EV-ER to finish. I appreciate the research that Helm did but man, my head hurts. How do you even rate something like this????PROS:-Horrifying fascinating that anyone actually survived that. The things they went through… By far the most disturbing thing I have ever read. And I read a LOT.-Superb detail on something that almost no one knows about-Amazing camaraderie and strength among some of the women that helped others, fought back, found ways to get thei [...]


    15. It has been seventy years since the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps at the end of World War II. One would think that there would be very little to learn about what occurred during the Nazi genocide of European Jews and persecution of other minorities and groups during the war, but that is not the case. In Sarah Helm’s new work, RAVENSBRUCK: LIFE AND DEATH IN HITLER’S CONCENTRATION CAMP FOR WOMEN, the author reconstructs the history of the camp whose documentation was mostly hidden [...]


    16. Ten stars, if I could. How do you write a 700-page book on one of the most secret concentration camps during WWII? By talking to as many survivors as you can. Sarah Helm undertook this Herculean task, which mere mortals would shrink from. I don't know how she listened to their testimonies, day after day, then sat down to sort it all out and write the most comprehensive history of a camp we will ever have. This is a hard, difficult, painful read. But it is owed to every woman to survived and died [...]


    17. Sarah Helm brings sensitivity, strong research and solid writing to her latest book, Ravensbruck: Life And Death In Hitler’s Concentration Camp For Women. Read the rest of my review here



    18. This book is a very detailed account of what happened in Ravensbruck, the Nazi concentration camp for women. The amount of detail is stunning. I have now been truly educated on Ravensbruck. Heartbreaking.


    19. What can I say about this book? It is emotionally devastating. It took me longer to read this than it normally would have but I had to take an emotional break from it several times. It's incredibly difficult to read, only in an emotional sense. I finished it because I feel as though I owed it to the women of Ravensbruck to finish it. Their stories deserve to be heard. This is an incredibly thorough, incredibly researched book. The stories of the women, some named and others who remain nameless, [...]


    20. This concentration camp is mentioned in The Nightingale & The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society so I became interested. If anyone is interested in true horror stories I recommend this.


    21. This is one of the best historical non-fiction books I have read in a long time. The strength and bravery that these women showed in the face of such horrific circumstances was awe-inspiring. I really liked how the author considered all nationalities involved and I believe her approach to the topic was considerate, factual and respectful. The stories of humanity and compassion that arose from such depravity made this book hard to put down. Definitely deserves more attention. I can't rate it high [...]


    22. Temporarily setting this aside until the March paperback release, when I will buy it. It's amazing, but enormous, so a little too much pressure to read with library due dates looming. And I don't always have the fortitude to read it, given the subject matter.


    23. Wow. This took me almost 3 months to read and not because I was a slacking off. It's immensely dense and chock full of information, just as I love history books to be.Read with caution. The author pulls no punches in depicting an accurate look at Ravensbrueck and those who were imprisoned there. However, I came away a changed person.


    24. Este é um livro pesado, não só pelo seu tamanho (que na minha edição de ebook tinha 1173 páginas), mas sim pela crueza do relato.Quando inicio a leitura de livros sobre o Holocausto vou sempre mentalizada para encontrar o pior, mas o livro de Sarah Helm desarmou-me completamente. É um relato muito bem estruturado, de várias sobreviventes e não só, sobre o campo de Ravensbrück, um campo de concentração só para mulheres e que impressiona pela crueldade das atrocidades que foram comet [...]


    25. This is truly an outstanding book. I know most people are going to be reluctant to read a 600+ page book about such a somber subject, but Helm does an excellent job of not focusing only on the atrocities (though they're all here in graphic detail) but also equally on the bravery and resilience of the women who were imprisoned in Ravensbruck. Their stories deserve to be known. Highly recommended read.


    26. All my respect goes to Sarah Elm for writing this book in such a manner that 700 pages are keeping you constantly interested which is not a usual thing (at least for me). I'm still trying to comprehend the fact that this was a reality in some point in history.


    27. It is a very rare book that leaves me physically ill as I read. And hauntingwhy did I keep reading this before bed?Generally, I'll only rate a book with five stars if I loved it enough to purchase and read it again, but I feel that it's a statement if how important this book is.



    28. What an eye opener of a book. This is a very compelling and gripping real life tragedy that played out for women during Hitler's regime.


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