When walking through the exhibition, visitors will occasionally discover quotes that are directly written onto the walls. As a matter of fact, our production partner Wallpen did literally “print” these quotations on the walls of the former house of the female guards. Amongst those, there is the very precise observation of French ethnologist and Ravensbrück survivor Germaine Tillion, who witnessed how frighteningly quickly the new wardens lost their compassion and got used to the inhumanity prevailing in the camp. Or, the words of Russian survivor Lidia Leschinska, who remembered a particular female guard, who was “not very kind-hearted, but kind-hearted”, simply for not beating as brutally as the others. In addition, information about the violent relationship between the imprisoned women and the female guards is also provided by female perpetrators themselves, such as by the former supervisor Maria Mandl, who could find nothing wrong with the Ravensbrück women's concentration camp.
The fragmentary nature of this collage of quotations creates a resonating space which, conceived as a supplementary layer of the exhibition, stipulates pondering, association and reflection.
‘The most brutal female guards were regarded as the most proven among the SS.’
Rosa Helena Vetter, 2013
‘The job would consist of making it clear to the women and girls at the concentrations camp that they had the wrong attitude towards the State and life in general, and getting them to actively support the Führer and the nation.’
Christel Wenzel, 1985
Some of us would play a sad little game of seeing how long it would take a new female guards to cross her brutality threshold.'
Germaine Tillion, 1998