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By Judith Buber Agassi

Jewish ladies Prisoners of Ravensbruck deals perception into the identities of the ladies inside of Ravensbruck's partitions, providing unique study from significant records in Germany, Israel and the us. the writer has recovered the identification of over 16,000 Jewish ladies over the six yr historical past of the camp, drawing facts from shipping and dying registration lists, in addition to from files that have been smuggled out of the camp earlier than liberation, all double-checked, the place attainable, with own tales.

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In the first five years alone, there had been about 50 publications by past prisoners of Ravensbrück, mainly memoirs, but also poems and drawings. Among them, the most comprehensive description was that by my mother. Although autobiographical, it depicted the fate of a great many fellow prisoners belonging to a variety of national groups and categories. 17 Both were completed later and translated much later. 18 So much for the systematic studies by survivors. In the decades to come, many more individual memoirs were written, and testimonies and interviews recorded.

In Ravensbrück, a large number of prisoners were recruited for the brothels of other concentration camps in Germany; the women who were recruited with false promises of subsequent release from the camp were all non-Jewish “asocials”, former prostitutes. (Margarete Buber-Neumann, Als Gefangene bei Stalin und Hitler, Munich, 1949, p. ) 11. In an oral communication, non-documented and with no names mentioned, an Israeli survivor related the following incident: a young Jewish woman who had arrived in Auschwitz from Slovakia as early as 1942 and had become the companion of an SS man, succeeded with his help in saving her sister, who arrived in 1944, from the gas chamber, but found him too late to save her sister’s children.

080 09/12/2006 12:54 PM Page 13 Is True Historical Reconstruction Possible? 13 incarceration of Jews in ghettos and their mass murder, especially in extermination camps. On both counts, Ravensbrück raised questions – as it had been a place of suffering to women from all over Europe, the Jewish women among them constituting a minority. Also, a false assumption was uncritically endorsed that Ravensbrück had been “just a labor camp”. It was a way station for Jewish women (and for all the non-Jewish prisoners who were older and chronically sick, and thus considered not suited for work), first to the “Euthanasia” gas chamber of Bernburg near Dessau, and then over three years to those of Auschwitz.

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