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Si c'est une femme : Vie et mort à Ravensbrück (Documents, Actualités, Société) by Sarah Helm

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Si c'est une femme : Vie et mort à Ravensbrück (Documents, Actualités, Société) The compelling story of the only concentration camp for women by the acclaimed author of A Life in Secrets .

On a sunny morning in May a phalanx of women housewives doctors opera singers politicians prostitutes were marched through the woods fifty miles north of Berlin driven on past a shining lake then herded through giant gates Whipping and kicking them were scores of German women guards .

Their destination was Ravensck a concentration camp designed specifically for women by Heinrich Himmler prime architect of the Nazi genocide .

For decades the story of Ravensck was hidden behind the Iron Curtain and today is still little known Using testimony unearthed since the end of the Cold War and interviews with survivors who have never spoken before Helm has ventured into the heart of the camp demonstrating for the reader in riveting detail how easily and quickly the unthinkable horror evolved

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No description available, Once rumored to have been the inspiration for Ian Fleming s Miss Moneypenny Vera Atkins climbed her way to the top in the Special Operations Executive or SOE Britain s secret service created to help build up organize and arm the resistance in the Nazi occupied countries Throughout the war Atkins recruited trained and mentored the agents for the SOE s French Section which sent more than four hundred young men and women into occupied France at least one hundred of whom never returned and were reported MPD missing presumed dead after the war Twelve of these were women and among Atkins most cherished spies When the war ended in she made it her personal mission to find out what happened to them and the other agents lost behind enemy lines tracing rigorously their horrific final journeys But as the woman who carried out this astonishing search appeared quintessentially English Atkins was nothing of the sort As we follow her through the devastation of postwar Germany we learn Atkins herself covered her life in mystery so that even her closest family knew almost nothing of her past br In i A Life in Secrets i Sarah Helm has stripped away Vera Atkins many veils Drawing on recently released sixty year old government files and her unprecedented access to the private papers of the Atkins family Helm vividly reconstructs a complex and extraordinary life, b A groundbreaking masterful and absorbing account of the last hidden atrocity of World War II Ravensbr ck the largest female only concentration camp where more than women consisting of more than twenty nationalities were imprisoned b br br Shortly before the outbreak of World War II Heinrich Himmler the head of the SS and the architect of the Holocaust oversaw the construction of a special concentration camp just fifty miles north of Berlin He called it Ravensbr ck and during the years that followed thousands of people died there after enduring brutal forms of torture All were women There are a handful of studies and memoirs that reference Ravensbr ck but until now no one has written a full account of this atrocity perhaps due to the mostly masculine narrative of war or perhaps because it lacks the Jewish context of most mainstream Holocaust history Ninety percent of Ravensbr ck s prisoners were not Jewish Rather they were political prisoners Resistance fighters lesbians prostitutes even the sister of New York s Mayor LaGuardia In a perverse twist most of the guards were women themselves Sarah Helm s groundbreaking work sheds much needed light on an aspect of World War II that has remained in the shadows for decades Using research into German and newly opened Russian archives as well as interviews with survivors Helm has produced a landmark achievement that weaves together various accounts allowing us to follow characters on both sides of the prisoner guard divide Chilling compelling and deeply unsettling i Ravensbr ck i is essential reading for anyone concerned with Nazi history, On a sunny morning in May a phalanx of women housewives doctors opera singers politicians prostitutes was marched through the woods fifty miles north of Berlin driven on past a shining lake then herded in through giant gates Whipping and kicking them were scores of German women guards Their destination was Ravensbr ck a concentration camp designed specifically for women by Heinrich Himmler prime architect of the Holocaust By the end of the war women from more than twenty different European countries had been imprisoned there among the prominent names were Genevi ve de Gaulle General de Gaulle s niece and Gemma La Guardia Gluck sister of the wartime mayor of New York Only a small number of these women were Jewish Ravensbr ck was largely a place for the Nazis to eliminate other inferior beings social outcasts Gypsies political enemies foreign resisters the sick the disabled and the mad Over six years the prisoners endured beatings torture slave labor starvation and random execution In the final months of the war Ravensbr ck became an extermination camp Estimates of the final death toll by April have ranged from to