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  • Dorothea Elisabeth Sternheim (1905 - 1954)
    Die Tochter von Carl und Thea Sternheim erhielt 1905 noch den Geburtsnamen ihres Stiefvaters Dr. Arthur Löwenstein und wuchs die ersten Jahre ihres Lebens bis 1912 auch in dessen Familie auf. ...
  • Hermann Nathan Sigall (1898 - 1941)
    Eintrag im »Gedenkbuch« des Bundesarchivs: Sigall, Hermann Nathan geboren am 16. Mai 1898 in Leipzig / - / Sachsen wohnhaft in Darmstadt Inhaftierungsort: 29. Februar 1940 Ravensbr&#x...
  • Natalie Sigall (1897 - 1942)
    Eintrag im »Gedenkbuch« des Bundesarchivs: Sigall, Natalie geborene Kirchhausen geboren am 29. Oktober 1897 in Schluchtern / Eppingen / Baden wohnhaft in Darmstadt Deportationsziel: a...
  • Hugo Kussel (1894 - c.1944)
    Eintrag im »Gedenkbuch« des Bundesarchivs: Kussel, Hugo Hago geboren am 16. Februar 1894 in Gruiten / Mettmann / Rheinprovinz wohnhaft in Aurich und Düsseldorf Inhaftierungsort...
  • Violette Szabo (1921 - 1945)
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El Moley Rachamim Holocaust Prayer

Ravensbrück was a notorious women's concentration camp during World War II, located in northern Germany, 90 km north of Berlin at a site near the village of Ravensbrück (part of Fürstenberg/Havel).

Construction of the camp began in November 1938 by SS leader Heinrich Himmler and was unusual in that it was a camp primarily for women. The camp opened in May 1939. In the spring of 1941, the SS authorities established a small men's camp adjacent to the main camp.

Between 1939 and 1945, over 130,000 female prisoners passed through the Ravensbrück camp system, around 40 000 were Polish and 26,000 were Jewish. Between 15,000 and 32,000 of the total survived. Although the inmates came from every country in German-occupied Europe, the largest single national group incarcerated in the camp consisted of Polish women.

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