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The Resource Ravensbrück : life and death in Hitler's concentration camp for women, Sarah Helm

Ravensbrück : life and death in Hitler's concentration camp for women, Sarah Helm

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Ravensbrück : life and death in Hitler's concentration camp for women
Title
Ravensbrück
Title remainder
life and death in Hitler's concentration camp for women
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Helm
Title variation
Ravensbruck
Title variation remainder
life and death in Hitlers concentration camp for women
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Traces the sobering history of World War II's largest female concentration camp, revealing the torturous experiences and deaths of thousands of women prisoners of more than twenty nationalities
  • A masterly and moving account of the most horrific hidden atrocity of World War II: Ravensbruck, the only Nazi concentration camp built for women. On a sunny morning in May 1939 a phalanx of 867 women--housewives, doctors, opera singers, politicians, prostitutes--was marched through the woods fifty miles north of Berlin, driven on past a shining lake, then herded in through giant gates. Whipping and kicking them were scores of German women guards. Their destination was Ravensbruck, a concentration camp designed specifically for women by Heinrich Himmler, prime architect of the Holocaust. By the end of the war 130,000 women from more than twenty different European countries had been imprisoned there; among the prominent names were Genevieve de Gaulle, General de Gaulle's niece, and Gemma La Guardia Gluck, sister of the wartime mayor of New York. Only a small number of these women were Jewish; Ravensbruck was largely a place for the Nazis to eliminate other inferior beings--social outcasts, Gypsies, political enemies, foreign resisters, the sick, the disabled, and the "mad." Over six years the prisoners endured beatings, torture, slave labor, starvation, and random execution. In the final months of the war, Ravensbruck became an extermination camp. Estimates of the final death toll by April 1945 have ranged from 30,000 to 90,000. For decades the story of Ravensbruck was hidden behind the Iron Curtain, and today it is still little known. Using testimony unearthed since the end of the Cold War and interviews with survivors who have never talked before, Sarah Helm has ventured into the heart of the camp, demonstrating for the reader in riveting detail how easily and quickly the unthinkable horror evolved. Far more than a catalog of atrocities, however, Ravensbruck is also a compelling account of what one survivor called "the heroism, superhuman tenacity, and exceptional willpower to survive." For every prisoner whose strength failed, another found the will to resist through acts of self-sacrifice and friendship, as well as sabotage, protest, and escape. While the core of this book is told from inside the camp, the story also sheds new light on the evolution of the wider genocide, the impotence of the world to respond, and Himmler's final attempt to seek a separate peace with the Allies using the women of Ravensbruck as a bargaining chip. Chilling, inspiring, and deeply unsettling, Ravensbruck is a groundbreaking work of historical investigation. With rare clarity, it reminds us of the capacity of humankind both for bestial cruelty and for courage against all odds. -- Publisher description
Summary
Traces the sobering history of World War II's largest female concentration camp, revealing the torturous experiences and deaths of thousands of women prisoners of more than twenty nationalities
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10387934
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
940.53/1853154
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
D805.5.R38
LC item number
H45 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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True
Target audience
adult
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life and death in Hitler's concentration camp for women
Label
Ravensbrück : life and death in Hitler's concentration camp for women, Sarah Helm
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 665-721) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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rdacontent
Contents
Part one. Langefeld ; Sandgrube ; Blockovas ; Himmler visits ; Stalin's gift ; Else Krug ; Doctor Sontag ; Doctor Mennecke ; Bernburg -- Part two. Lublin ; Auschwitz ; Sewing ; Rabbits ; Special experiments ; Healing -- Part three. Red Army ; Yevgenia Klemm ; Doctor Treite ; Breaking the circle ; Black transport -- Part four. Vingt-sept Mille ; Falling ; Hanging on ; Reaching out -- Part five. Paris and Warsaw ; Kinderzimmer ; Protest ; Overtures ; Doctor Loulou -- Part six. Hungarians ; A children's party ; Death march ; Youth camp ; Hiding ; Königsburg ; Bernadotte ; Emilie ; Nelly ; Masur ; White buses ; Liberation
Control code
20384444
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xxiv, 743 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385520591
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014014974
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn879329692
  • (OCoLC)879329692
Label
Ravensbrück : life and death in Hitler's concentration camp for women, Sarah Helm
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 665-721) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part one. Langefeld ; Sandgrube ; Blockovas ; Himmler visits ; Stalin's gift ; Else Krug ; Doctor Sontag ; Doctor Mennecke ; Bernburg -- Part two. Lublin ; Auschwitz ; Sewing ; Rabbits ; Special experiments ; Healing -- Part three. Red Army ; Yevgenia Klemm ; Doctor Treite ; Breaking the circle ; Black transport -- Part four. Vingt-sept Mille ; Falling ; Hanging on ; Reaching out -- Part five. Paris and Warsaw ; Kinderzimmer ; Protest ; Overtures ; Doctor Loulou -- Part six. Hungarians ; A children's party ; Death march ; Youth camp ; Hiding ; Königsburg ; Bernadotte ; Emilie ; Nelly ; Masur ; White buses ; Liberation
Control code
20384444
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xxiv, 743 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385520591
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014014974
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn879329692
  • (OCoLC)879329692

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