Judy Baumel-Schwartz does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Nearly all the 1. Life expectancy in many of these camps was between six weeks and three months. Over a million of the Auschwitz dead were Jews , and scholars have concluded that more than half of them were women.
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The Nazi regime targeted all Jews, both men and women, for persecution and eventually death. The regime frequently subjected women, however, both Jewish and non-Jewish, to brutal persecution that was sometimes unique to the gender of the victims. Nazi ideology also targeted Roma Gypsy women, Polish women, and women with disabilities living in institutions. Certain individual camps and certain areas within concentration camps were designated specifically for female prisoners. At Bergen-Belsen , the camp authorities established a women's camp in
Silence lifted: The untold stories of rape during the Holocaust
It was January 27, , when the gates were finally opened to about 6, prisoners. Days earlier, the Nazis had forced nearly 30, other prisoners to leave on foot in the midst of a blizzard. It began when she and more than other young Slovak women, many of them teenagers, boarded the first official Jewish transport to Auschwitz in It would end for some of them on that forced march.
Editor's Note: This is the second of two stories focusing on rape as a tool of war. The first story looked at the role of interviewers of rape victims. Both stories contain graphic language; discretion is advised. CNN -- The soldiers came for her at night. They took the girl to a barrack and forced her to watch a woman get raped.