Prof. Judith Buber Agassi

The Jewish Women Prisoners of Ravensbrück
Who Were They?

This is the story of a nearly forgotten chapter of the Holocaust—of over 16,000 Jewish women, girls and children, their origins, itineraries and fates, who suffered in the horrendous Nazi concentration camp for women, Ravensbrück. As a historian, Judith Buber Agassi was struck by the changing conditions, countries of origin, and fates of these women during 5 distinct periods during the 6 years of the camp's existence. As a sociologist, she studied the social relations of the Jewish prisoners among themselves as well as with the non-Jewish majority. After the mass murder of Jewish prisoners early in 1942, a larger group organization became impossible, but the Jewish women developed a special and effective form of small-group organization, the so-called camp-families. As a sociologist of gender, she surveyed the educational background and patterns of behavior specific to Jewish women, and has produced an impressive study.

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About the book:

  • Dr. Werner Becker, Professor of Political Philosophy at the universities of Giessen and Frankfurt  (English/German)
  • Dr. Gilya Gerda Schmidt, Head of the Department of Religious Studies and Chair of the Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (English)
  • Malachi Haim Hacohen, Associate Professor and Bass Fellow, History, Political Science and Religion, Duke University (English)
  • Sigrid Jacobeit, Professor of History, Humboldt University, Berlin, and Director of the Ravensbrück Memorial 1992-2005  (English/German)
  • Jancis Long, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, USA, and the Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA (English)
  • Dr. Judith Lorber, Professor Emerita, City University of New York and author of Paradoxes of Gender (English)
  • Anonymous referee to Wisconsin University Press that accepted the book for publication before it got into financial troubles (English)
  • Winifred Rothenberg, Professor of American History, Tufts University (English)
  • Vittorio Dan Segre, Reuben Hecht Professor (Emeritus) of Zionism and Jewish Political Thought at Haifa University, head of L’Istituto Studi Mediterranei dell’Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano (English)
  • Yakov M Rabkin, Professor of History, University of Montreal (English)
  • Shevach Weiss, Author, Professor of Political Science, Haifa University, Past Speaker of the Israeli Knesset, and Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council (English)
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