Ravensbrück Concentration Camp for Women is Established Hot

Ravensbrück Concentration Camp for Women is Established

Ravensbrück prisoners in 1939
Source: Deutsches Bundesarchiv

The Ravensbrück concentration camp for women is established north of Berlin.

Between now and 1945 over 130,000 inmates are incarcerated in Ravensbrück; over 100,000 will be murdered. Inmates will be sent to Ravensbrück from all over occupied Europe and the German Reich, but the vast majority will be Polish women.

Camp administrators are primarily male, but the guards are mostly female. Like their male colleagues, these female members of the SS will be cruel, sadistic, and inhumane in their treatment of inmates. Many female guards here go on to become chief guards at other women's concentration camps.

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