Ravensbruck: Everyday Life in a Women's Concentration Camp / Edition 1

Ravensbruck: Everyday Life in a Women's Concentration Camp / Edition 1

by Jack G. Morrison
     
 

Attempting to reconstruct the workings of everyday life in the concentration camp at Ravensbrückthe only camp in the Nazi system designed for womenMorrison (history, Shippensburg U.) examines the prisoners' social relationships with each other and their overlords; prisoner activities, from bartering to storytelling, from political maneuvering to coping with body… See more details below

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Attempting to reconstruct the workings of everyday life in the concentration camp at Ravensbrückthe only camp in the Nazi system designed for womenMorrison (history, Shippensburg U.) examines the prisoners' social relationships with each other and their overlords; prisoner activities, from bartering to storytelling, from political maneuvering to coping with body lice, and, of course, the kinds of forced labor performed (Ravensbrück was a labor camp, not an extermination camp); and the occurrences of sickness, death, and killing at the camp. The volume is illustrated with drawings by inmates, and photos by the SS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558762183
Publisher:
Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
367
Sales rank:
733,152
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: National Socialism and Women1
1The Women's Camp and the SS9
The Early Concentration Camps and Women10
The Creation of Ravensbruck Concentration Camp14
The SS Administration19
The Female Overseers23
2Arriving29
First Impressions31
The Trauma of Processing32
3Green and Black Triangles: Criminals, Asocials & Gypsies37
Categories38
Criminals40
Asocials43
The Youth Camp46
Gypsies48
4Lavender Triangles: Jehovah's Witnesses54
Intransigence and Persecution55
The "Volunteer" Prisoners58
5Yellow Triangles: Jews61
German Anti-Semitism62
Nazi Anti-Jewish Programs, 1933-3964
Jewish Women at Ravensbruck69
6Red Triangles: Politicals75
Communists76
Members of Foreign Resistance Groups81
Soviet Army Women and "Special Prisoners"82
7Nationalities85
Nationality Conflicts86
The Poles91
The French94
8The Prisoner Administration99
Block and Room Seniors100
Other Prisoner Officials105
The Haves and Have-Nots106
9The Camp Routine109
Roll Calls and Food110
Weekends116
Clothing and Possessions119
10Friendships124
Camp Families125
Intimacy and Homoerotic Relationships129
11Little Pleasures134
Mail135
Parcels140
Getting the News141
Bartering142
Money144
12The Fine Things in Life: Cultural and Educational Activities146
Poetry147
Paintings and Drawings157
Handicrafts, Singing, and Storytelling163
Educational Programs166
13Keeping Clean (and Other Personal Matters)169
Lice and Delousings170
Menstruation173
Dysentery174
Rape177
14Two Factories179
The SS Textile Factory181
The Siemens Factory186
15Work Crews189
Administrative and Kitchen Work191
Gardens and Farm Work193
Internal Work Crews195
The "Availables"201
Prisoner Prostitutes201
16The Subcamps205
Overview of a Mini-Empire207
Life and Work in the Subcamps210
Neubrandenburg211
Dresden and Leipzig213
Neustadt-Glewe and Malchow215
German Civilians and Ravensbruck Prisoners218
17Crime and Punishment223
"Minor" Punishments224
The "Idiots' Room"226
The Punishment Block228
The Bunker231
Sabotage and Escapes233
Executions236
18Sickness and Health239
Sick Call and the Infirmary240
Extermination through Work243
Medical Experiments245
Typhus and Tuberculosis249
19The Men's Camp252
20Children261
Children in the Camp262
The 1944 Christmas Parties267
Births in the Camp270
The Children's Transports273
21The Final Winter275
Overcrowding276
The Tent278
Corpses and Cremations282
Uckermark: A Killing Place286
The Gas Chamber289
The Chaos of Dissolution291
22April 1945295
Red Cross Transports296
Death Marches300
Liberation by the Red Army305
Conclusion307
Notes311
Glossary and Abbreviations342
Bibliography345
Index359

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