Entitled ‘Women working for the SS’ the project tells the shocking story of how the 200-plus women were able to take part in the largest recorded mass murder in history during the day and then return home, relax and have fun with SS men after work.
Entitled ‘The girls from KL Ravensbrück’, the bilingual exhibition juxtaposes two worlds, that of youthful freedom before the war and the hell of the camp through a display of 4,000 personal objects from the women collected over several years by the museum.
Notable for hosting Polish émigrés including Jan Karski, Witold Gombrowicz and Czesław Miłosz, the house which belonged to General Władysław Sikorski’s secretary Walentyna Janta-Połczyńska, has been highlighted as a place of cultural significance by a local heritage society who want it included on the official register of monuments.
‘The Girl Scouts from Ravensbrück’ by author Anna Kwiatkowska-Bieda describes how, despite so many adversities, the threat of extermination and undergoing appalling experiments, a group of Polish female political prisoners formed the clandestine ‘Mury’ Scout Troop which operated in secret until the camp was liberated.
A testimony to the need for culture, the poems were collected by Bożena Janina Zdunek and inscribed in a notebook that was meant to record the numbers of deceased prisoners.
In the darkest recesses of Hitler’s hellish concentration camp system, four young Polish Girl Guides were desperate for the world to know about the barbaric experiments that were being carried out on them.
The detailed descriptions that the group wrote of German crimes made their way to the Polish underground and eventually to the International Red Cross, the Vatican and the Polish government-in-exile in London. Twenty-seven were later found by one of the writer’s daughters after being hidden for decades in some old furniture.
The find was the result of a hunt by the Institute of National Remembrance for victims of Nazi terror.
Testimonies by former inmates of the Ravensbruck Nazi-German concentration camp for women are a priceless gift for future generations, First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda said on Sunday at the camp's memorial site in Brandenburg, eastern Germany.