RAVENSBRÜCK
Life and Death in Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women

SARAH HELM
768pp PHOTOS 2015 LIST PRICE: £25.00 HB82

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On a sunny morning in May 1939 a phalanx of 800 women -- housewives, doctors, opera singers, politicians, prostitutes -- were marched through the woods fifty miles north of Berlin, driven on past a shining lake, and then herded through giant gates. Whipping and kicking them were scores of German women guards. Their destination was Ravensbrück, a concentration camp designed specifically for women by Heinrich Himmler. Using testimony unearthed since the end of the Cold War, and interviews with survivors, Helm has ventured into the heart of the camp, demonstrating how easily and quickly the unthinkable horror evolved.

Read this book. Be appalled. Be moved. And be angry that so little action was taken to help, or to remember, until it was nearly too late. Read it, and weep. JEWISH CHRONICLE

An epic feat of scholarly investigation. SPECTATOR