Women's Concentration Camps

By: Bray Curry

My topic is on women's concentration camps. It's about everything on the camps. What the women and children had to go through. What they had to watch. Who went in the camp, how many people were there.

                               10 facts

1.Jehovah’s Witnesses, criminals, lesbians and Gypsies were in the camps

2.Between May 1939 and June 1944, 43,000 women were brought to Ravensbrück.

3.Ravensbruck was the largest concentration camp for women

4.Poland (36%), Soviet Union (21%), the German Reich (18%, includes Austria), Hungary (8%), France (6%), Czechoslovakia (3%), the Benelux countries (2%), and Yugoslavia (2%). of women taken

5.the total of some 132,000 women and children who were imprisoned in the camp.

6.Each category had its own colored triangle, sewn on the women’s uniforms: red for political, purple for Jehovah’s Witnesses, black for asocial, green for criminal, and yellow for Jews.

7.Women Starved, slaves, beaten and tortured

8.about 1500 prisoners, and at least 700 to 800 Jewish women, were sent to Bernberg(a euthanasia facility)

9.The name of the concentration camp was: Ravensbrück.

10.10 to 40% of the women that was there died


November 1938
German authorities begin construction of the Ravensbrück concentration camp.

December 1938
SS Colonel Günther Tamaschke becomes the first camp commandant at Ravensbrück.

May 1939
The SS transfers 900 women from the Lichtenburg women's concentration camp to Ravensbrück concentration camp. They are the first women in Ravensbrück.

January 1, 1940
SS Captain Max Koegel replaces Günther Tamaschke as camp commandant.

April 1941
SS authorities establish a small men's camp adjacent to the Ravensbrück main camp.

August 20, 1942
SS Captain Fritz Suhren replaces Max Koegel as camp commandant.

Early March 1945
The SS begins "evacuating" Ravensbrück with the transport of 2,100 male prisoners to Sachsenhausen.

Late March 1945
The SS transports about 5,600 female prisoners from Ravensbrück to the Mauthausen and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps.

April 1945
SS guards force about 20,000 female prisoners, as well as most of the remaining male prisoners, on a brutal and forced evacuation on foot toward northern Mecklenberg.

April 29-30, 1945
Soviet forces liberate the Ravensbrück concentration camp.

                   who was involved

Sarah Helm came to write about the horrors there.

Dorothea Binz was a particularly famous guard.

Walter Sonntag, a doctor at the camp, selected 75 of the fittest and youngest Polish women.

Katharina Waitz, who escaped the camp by scaling a 15ft wall topped with barbed wire and fleeing into the forest.

Russians raped many of the women.


British, Canadian, American, and French troops freed prisoners from the camps.

People should know about women concentration camps because what they had to go through when Hitler was in charge, the treatment they got, how they lost their innocence, what they had to watch what would happen to them. Knowing they might never see their family again.


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"Sharing StoriesInspiring Change." Ravensbruck Women's Concentration Camp. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 June 2015.

"Ravensbrück." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 20 June 2014. Web. 01 June 2015.

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