Ravensbruck

Life and Death in Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women
Narrated by: Christa Lewis
Length: 32 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: History, Europe
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On a sunny morning in May 1939, a phalanx of 867 women - housewives, doctors, opera singers, politicians, prostitutes - was marched through the woods 50 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 Ravensbrück, a concentration camp designed specifically for women by Heinrich Himmler, prime architect of the Holocaust. By the end of the war 130,000 women from more than 20 different European countries had been imprisoned there; among the prominent names were Geneviève 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; Ravensbrück 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, Ravensbrück became an extermination camp. Estimates of the final death toll by April 1945 have ranged from 30,000 to 90,000.

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The narrator did a great job. This book was very intense and I learned so much about a part of history I did not know much about before. I chose this book after reading The Lilac Girls, which was about the Rabbits, another good book. I would definitely recommend this book.

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A good read, but tough to get through.

I listen to audio books at work and I really enjoy books on this topic. The information and the delivery of the book were great. It was just so heavy with facts and names that sometimes it was hard to keep straight.

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A tale of NAZI horror.

Told in a way that puts you in the death camp and in the heads of the women who suffered and died there. NAZI evil laid bare. Even after 75 years, the whole story of NAZI atrocities has yet to be told. This book fills in another little part of the story and is another warning that we must never fail to oppose those who would recreate a NAZI type vicious and deadly regime no matter where it's ugly head rises from the sewers.

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Excellent!

Such an amazing and sad story. Very well written and full of first hand accounts. History owes Sarah Helm a big thanks for this book.
I’m not sure I’ve ever listened to a better narrator. She reads this book as if she wrote it. As far as audio books go, this is an absolute masterpiece!

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Well done ladies-

One of the more complete historical books on the camps, but also timely research, as this generation’s time proves short. Narration is always amazing when you have two or more languages threading through a story line and various dialogue flipping from one country to another. A difficult task but well done.

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well done

The 'Story" is horrible. That is the point of the book. well detailed history. I wanted to know more of Ravensbruck, Now I know more. There are no feel good moments in this account, except perhaps liberation, Its an account that does not flinch.

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The most harrowing book you'll ever read

I have just re listened to this a couple of years after first perusal . I still have to turn it off in some places . Think of the worst physical and psychological duress you have ever been under , then increase it by 10 orders of magnitude . Those of us alive today are the blessed ones .

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The things I never learned in History...

So much information, and it makes me want to learn more! I pray history doesn’t repeat this cruelty again.

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A story that needs to be told

This was a difficult book to get through due to the nature of its content. It’s very graphic, yet, there should be no glossing over the horrors of what happened there. I did find myself fast-forwarding because it could get to be too much. It was hard to believe that so much could be collected by the author, but I will trust that was collected by first-hand sources. The narrator did an exceptional job of pronouncing the numerous names of the victims , but I did find it difficult to follow all the subjects in the book. The accent she used was at times good for emphasis, and at others , seemed “staged” and lost its effect. It’s a very long read, but I am glad I did. This is a good addition to your reading list of you are interested in the history of the Holocaust .

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Incredible

Amazing story of the untold suffrage by women. Narrator is great & writing is SUPERB. Recommend to anyone interested in learning more about the female experience of the war.

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