If This Is A Woman: Inside Ravensbruck: Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women (Paperback)
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If This Is A Woman: Inside Ravensbruck: Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women (Paperback)

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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, then herded through giant gates. Whipping and kicking them were scores of German women guards. Their destination was Ravensbruck, a concentration camp designed specifically for women by Heinrich Himmler, prime architect of the Nazi genocide. For decades the story of Ravensbruck 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.

'A groundbreaking study… respects the incredible complexity of [the survivor's] humiliation and terror.' - Sunday Telegraph

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349120034
Number of pages: 848
Weight: 606 g
Dimensions: 195 x 129 x 40 mm


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Compelling . . . [Helm] has painstakingly sought out many survivors and talked to them herself. The results are devastating . . .What one is left with at the end of this momentous book is a sense of the power of human nature, both for good and evil * Independent on Sunday *
A profoundly moving chronicle * Observer *
An epic feat of scholarly investigation * Spectator *
Where Helm's history excels is in her refusal to reduce any of the people in her history to stereotypes. Complexity is respected. She pays attention to the specificities of people's lives, including their religious beliefs, political aspirations and dreams. Even when discussing brutal female guards, Helm avoids demonisation -- Joanna Bourke * Telegraph *
Helm has done us all a great service in this compelling, magisterial volume . . . 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 *
A sense of urgency infuses this history, which comes just in time to gather the testimony of the camp's survivors . . . meticulous, unblinking . . . [Helm's] book comes not a moment too soon * The Economist *
Splendidly researched and tremendously moving . . . Helm's book, based in part on interviews with survivors, is a model of sensitivity and seriousness * Sunday Times *
Sarah Helm's momentous uncovering of Ravensbruck -- Rachel Holmes * Guardian *
A groundbreaking chronicle -- Nicholas Shakespeare * Telegraph *
It not only fills a gap in Holocaust history but it is an utterly compelling read -- Taylor Downing * History Today *

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“Harrowing and haunting.”

When I picked this book up, I didn't quite realise the impact that it would have on my wider understanding of the Holocaust and of the Nazi regime as a whole.
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Robert Horstman

“Ravensbrück, If This is a Woman”

If This Is A Woman by Sarah Helm is the very shocking story about the Ravensbrück concentration camp.
The very good and nicely way this book is written is a need to want know more about this gruesome part of WW2.
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