Banned and Persecuted: Jehovah’s Witnesses at Ravensbrück Concentration Camp and in East Germany’s Prisons
This exhibition delves into the situation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who were imprisoned in the Nazi state, including at Ravensbrück Concentration Camp, and later also persecuted in East Germany. Heeding the words of the prophet Daniel (Daniel 3:17 et seq.), the Jehovah’s Witnesses did not try to escape imprisonment. They took it as a test of Jehovah’s will, and so the SS trusted them to work without guards in SS and private households, as well as on agricultural estates.
Ravensbrück 1939-45: Christian women in the concentration camp
To mark German Protestant Church Day 2017 in Berlin (24–28 May 2017), the Ravensbrück Memorial developed an exhibition to commemorate Christian prisoners in the Ravensbrück women’s concentration camp. The exhibition highlights the variety and diversity of denominational cultures in Europe. The second section of the exhibition is dedicated to religious practices in the camp, most of which had to be kept secret. The third section looks at the question of religious practice in the environment surrounding the concentration camp.
‘... impossible to hold back this horror’ – Medical care provided by prisoners in the Ravensbrück concentration camp (1939-1945)
This exhibition, first shown in 2016, explores the work of the prisoner medical staff in the Ravensbrück women’s concentration camp between 1939 and 1945. It also looks at the conditions in the infirmary of the men’s camp.
‘In the service of the wounded and sick’: Female Red Army medical staff in combat and captivity
During World War II, more than 800,000 Soviet women served in the Red Army. Female soldiers who were directly involved in combat achieved particular international renown.