The first time I drove there, in February , heavy snow was falling and a lorry had jack-knifed on the Berlin ring road, so it would take longer. The head of the SS had friends in the area and would drop in to inspect the camp as he passed by. He rarely left without issuing new orders. Women arriving in the night sometimes thought they were near the coast because they tasted salt on the wind; they also felt sand underfoot. When daylight came they saw that the camp was built on the edge of a lake and surrounded by forest. Himmler liked his camps to be in areas of natural beauty, and preferably hidden from view.
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They were, then, loaded into blacked-out buses and were taken to Ravensbruck where a lake with crystal blue water was nearby and the scent of pines filled the air and permeated their noses. As what communist Lisa Ullrich said, their hearts literally leaped with joy at the scenery before them. The camp had no watchtowers and though it was enclosed with barbed wires, inside they could see beds of colorful flowers and an aviary with peacocks and a parrot. But then, that illusion of peace was shattered at a snap of a finger. Droves of female guards rushed to them with their yelping dogs and issued non-stop orders along with calling them names such as hags, whores and bitches. A number of prisoners collapsed due to the onslaught and those who helped them were laid flat and whipped themselves. The prisoners learned one of the important camp rules that day — to help another inmate was a punishable offense.
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We would eat well and have enough to drink. If we behaved and fulfilled our duties nothing would happen to us. So begins the wrenching account of Frau W. Those prisoners who had a privileged place in the camp hierarchy — exhibition curator Michael Sommer estimates about one percent of the forced labourers - could buy up to a quarter of an hour with one of the women for two Reichsmarks from the pittance they earned in the Nazi-run factories. A fraction of that amount was credited to women's camp accounts which they could use for food when it was available.
The deliberate use of rape as a weapon of terror has always been and continues to be part of wartime violence against women. The German military and the SS raped and sexually assaulted women wherever they conquered. Rape was and is often accompanied by torture and mutilation and frequently ends in the victim being shot or bludgeoned to death.