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Camp brothel in Gusen

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Heinrich Himmler inspecting the camp brothel in Gusen

In World War II Nazi Germany established brothels in the concentration camps (Lagerbordell) to create an incentive for collaborating prisoners. The women working in these brothels came mainly from the Ravensbrück concentration camp.[1]


The first camp brothel was established in Mauthausen/Gusen in 1942. After 30 June 1943 a camp brothel existed in Auschwitz, and from 15 July 1943 in Buchenwald. On 25 March 1944 Flossenbürg followed, in early 1944 Neuengamme, May 1944 Dachau, Dora-Mittelbau in late summer and Sachsenhausen on 8 August 1944.[2]

The subject of camp prostitution has remained largely taboo in studies of Nazism until recently, when new publications by female researchers broke the silence.[3][4]

The SS allured the women with the easement of imprisonment. This caused envy among the women. Nina Michailovna, camp prisoner, reported:

“When we found out that a girl in our block was chosen, we caught her and threw a blanket on her and beat her up so badly that she could hardly move. It wasn’t clear if she would recover. They just wanted to have a better life and we punished them this way.”[5]

Cultural references

German brothels in concentration camps were presented in fictional nazi exploitation-films such as Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS, Last Orgy of the Third Reich, Love Camp 7, SS Experiment Camp and Nazi Love Camp 27.[6]

Examples of Israeli fictional literature on the subject are Yehiel De-Nur alias K. Tzetnik's book The House of Dolls and Stalag fiction.[7][8]

See also


  1. New Exhibition Documents Forced Prostitution in Concentration Camps - Der Spiegel - 15 January 2007
  2. Christl Wickert: Tabu Lagerbordell, in: Eschebach/Jacobeit/Wenk: Gedächtnis und Geschlecht, 2002, S. 44
  3. Christa Schulz, "Weibliche Häftlinge aus Ravensbrück in Bordellen der Männerkonzentrationslager" (Female prisoners from Ravensbrück in brothels for male concentration camp prisoners)
  4. Christa Paul, Zwangsprostitution. Staatlich errichtete Bordelle im Nationalsozialismus (Forced prostitution: bordellos established by the National Socialist State.
  5. „Wenn wir wußten, daß in unserem Block eine ausgesucht wurde, haben wir sie geschnappt und ihr eine Decke übergeworfen und sie so verprügelt, daß sie sich nicht mehr rühren konnte. Es war unklar, ob sie sich davon überhaupt wieder erholen könnte. Die wollten doch nur ein schöneres Leben haben und wir haben sie so bestraft.“ in: Thomas Gaevert / Martin Hilbert: "Frauen als Beute" ("Women as Booty"), 2004 documentary made for ARD
  6. Stiglegger, Marcus (2007-02-09). "Beyond Good and Evil? Sadomasochism politics cinema 1970s". IKONEN. Retrieved 2010-03-14.
  7. Schultzes Hündin, taz
  8. "Folternde, vollbusige SS-Frauen «". 2010-02-18. Retrieved 2010-03-14.


  • (German) Christl Wickert (1996). "Das große Schweigen; Zwangsprostitution im Dritten Reich (The Big Silence: Forced Prostitution on the Third Reich)". WerkstattGeschichte 13: 90–95. ISSN 0933-5706.

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