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Remembering Ravensbrück

Schusterman Library at OU-Tulsa
Event organized by Schusterman Library at OU-Tulsa

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During World War II, Ravensbrück was the largest concentration camp for women under the Nazi regime. By the time of liberation by Soviet troops in 1945, more than 120,000 women had been interned in the camp 50 miles north of Berlin, Germany. Between 1939 and 1945 women from more than 30 countries were forced in to the camp, where they were stripped of their dignity and identity. About 20 percent of the prisoners in Ravensbrück were murdered or died because of the camp’s harsh conditions. Women were also the perpetrators of these crimes, playing significant roles in operating the camp as civilian guards. Today Ravensbrück is a memorial site that honors those who were imprisoned in the camp.