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If This Is A Woman

Inside Ravensbruck: Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women

Sarah Helm

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Little Brown
01 March 2016
Winner of the Longman-History Today Book Prize: A 'profoundly moving chronicle' (Observer) that tells the story of Ravensbruck, the only concentration camp designed specifically for women, using new testimony from survivors On a sunny morning in May 1939 a phalanx of 800 women - housewives, doctors, opera singers, politicians, prostitutes - were marched through the woods fifty miles north of Berlin, driven on past a shining lake, then herded through giant gates. Whipping and kicking them were scores of German women guards.

Their destination was Ravensbruck, a concentration camp designed specifically for women by Heinrich Himmler, prime architect of the Nazi genocide.

For decades the story of Ravensbruck was hidden behind the Iron Curtain and today is still little known. Using testimony unearthed since the end of the Cold War, and interviews with survivors who have never spoken before, Helm has ventured into the heart of the camp, demonstrating for the reader in riveting detail how easily and quickly the unthinkable horror evolved.

'It not only fills a gap in Holocaust history but it is an utterly compelling read' Taylor Downing, History Today 'A sense of urgency infuses this history, which comes just in time to gather the testimony of the camp's survivors . . . meticulous, unblinking . . . [Helm's] book comes not a moment too soon' The Economist
By:   Sarah Helm
Imprint:   Little Brown
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 195mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 40mm
Weight:   606g
ISBN:   9780349120034
ISBN 10:   034912003X
Pages:   848
Publication Date:   01 March 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sarah Helm was a reporter on the Sunday Times and Diplomatic Editor for the Independent before becoming the Jerusalem and then Brussels correspondent for the same paper. A Life in Secrets was her first book.

Reviews for If This Is A Woman: Inside Ravensbruck: Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women

Compelling ... [Helm] has painstakingly sought out many survivors and talked to them herself. The results are devastating ...What one is left with at the end of this momentous book is a sense of the power of human nature, both for good and evil Independent on Sunday A profoundly moving chronicle Observer An epic feat of scholarly investigation Spectator


  • Long-listed for Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History 2016.
  • Long-listed for PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize 2016 (UK)
  • Long-listed for PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History 2016.
  • Short-listed for Longman-History Today Awards 2016 (UK)
  • Shortlisted for Longman/History Today Book of the Year Award 2016.
  • Shortlisted for Longman/History Today Book of the Year Prize 2016.

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