Finding Empowerment in the Face of Oppression

When we look back on the history and repercussions of the holocaust, we tend to think in terms of anti-semitism and victimization.  This book review highlights key elements of Sarah Helm’s book, Ravensbrück: Life and Death in Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women.  The book itself describes important aspects of the history of lesbian oppression in Germany, drawing attention to the fact that, pre-Nazi era, “lesbianism and other forms of liberal lifestyles had been allowed and flourished.”  Also highlighted are instances of radical acts where women in Ravensbruck found power, even in circumstances of complete oppression and seeming powerlessness.  Click here to read more inspiring stories about these women.


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