January 15th, 2015
Episode 73 of 1270 episodes
By the end of the Second World War 130,000 women had passed through the gates of Ravensbruck concentration camp, between 30,000 and 50,000 of them died there. Ravensbruck was a camp specifically for women, some were Jewish but most were not. There were political prisoners there, prostitutes, gypsies, the mentally ill. The story of the women of the camp, what happened there, and what happened to those who got out alive, is told in a book called "If This Is A Woman" by the journalist Sarah Helm. Sarah Helm and Selma van der Perre, who was an inmate of Ravenbruck, have told Today about life at the camp.