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Sarah Helm was a reporter on the Sunday Times and Diplomatic Editor for the Independent before becoming Jerusalem and then Brussels correspondent for the same paper. A Life in Secrets was her first book.
Created by Heinrich Himmler, Ravensbruck was the only Concentration camp set up for women – and their children. It was up and running in 1939 and Sarah Helm details the history of Ravensbruck from its beginning to the liberation by the Red Army in 1945. The women suffered greatly, from their female guards, slave working in factories, unspeakable medical experimentation and forced sterilisation, many were sent on to Auschwitz never to be seen again. So many deaths – including four members of the British Special Operations Executive, so much tragedy and suffering but still there was hope, the women trying to create some normality in their lives and there were some extraordinary women held in the camp. Sarah Helm tells their stories of resistance and strength bringing light to a story of cruelty and the loss of many thousands of lives. Like for Like Reading A Train in Winter: A Story of Resistance, Friendship and Survival in Auschwitz, Caroline Moorehead Sisters, Secrets and Sacrifice: The True Story of WWII Special Agents, Eileen and Jacqueline Nearne, Susan Ottaway