Children in Ravensbrück

The arrival lists of Ravensbrück named 881 children aged two to 16 years from 18 different nations committed to the camp between 1939 and 1945. Among them were 263 Jewish children and 162 “gypsy” children. Most of them came with their mothers, fathers or other relatives.

Larger groups of mothers with children arrived after the suppression of the Warsaw Uprising in late 1944 and in connection with the deportations of Hungarian and Slovak Jewish women starting at the turn of the year 1944-45.

The children had to line up for the roll calls together with the women, which often required them to stand for hours. During the day, they had to stay indoors. When they were 12, they had to work in the workshops. Boys at the age of 12 were moved to the men’s camp.

The camp administration regarded the children as superfluous ballast and useless eaters. Yet the children were especially tormented by hunger, and the memory of it is unforgotten to this day.

There are numerous reports about “camp mothers”, women who took charge of children left alone, trying to help them survive.

Some, indeed, managed to do so.

1942

1943

born 30.10.1941 in Copenhagen Economist, Civil servant Ravensbrück: 24. November 1943 – 24. April 1944, together with his mother Karen Katznelson (20.11.1917 Copenhagen – 12.02.2009 Copenhagen) Theresienstadt: 24. April 1944 - 15. April 1945 [interview](https://youtu.be/9g15ZUPsgYc) read more

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born 29.07.1939 (Antwerp) Ravensbrück: october 1943 – 28. april 1945 [interview](https://youtu.be/vSNiAzuFJkw) read more

1944

born 1944 in Ravensbrück daughter of Pelageja Nikititschna Porwina 04.10.1906 in Hussarka - 12. April 1991 Ravensbrück: Oktober 1943 –April 1945 read more

1944

1944

1944

\*30.11.1935, Ravensbrück: 05.10.1944, together with her mother [message for the 76th Liberation Day in polish language](https://youtu.be/n8uxupYUCb4) read more

1944

born 1940 in Kezmarok Ravensbrück: December 1944, Bergen-Belsen: March 1945 read more

1945

Liliana Segre, born 10.09.1930, Milan deported to Auschwitz: 30.01.1944 deported to Ravensbrück: January 1945 Liliane miraculously survived. About Liliana and Thousands of other Italien Jews, deported from Milan to Auschwitz, visitors of the Central Station of Milan are to be told. Here, at the Binario 21, has been created the Memorial to the Shoah of Milan. read more

1945

1945

On March 11, 1945, the French ** Pienotte Poirot ** had given birth to her son Guy in Ravensbrück. His chances of survival were slim. But Guy stayed alive and thanks to the solidarity, ingenuity and courage of Ravensbrück prisoner women, he and his mother were able to start the journey to freedom. read more

1945

1945