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Remembering... We must assure that the Holocaust, and the experiences of women during the Holocaust, will be appropriately remembered in the future, when there are no longer any witnesses.
"The Mother Group." Memorial sculpture by Fritz Cremer, Courtesy of MGR/SBG.
In the past few years many Dutch young people have been involved at the commemorations of the victims of Ravensbrück. Every April, the Dutch government subsidizes trips for some secondary school pupils and teachers to attend the annual commemoration at the camp, organized by the Dutch Committee of Women's Concentration Camp Ravensbrück. This is one way for the new generationand future generationsto connect with the struggle of the women of Ravensbrück against violence and discrimination,
By learning about the female victims of Naziism and the heroines who were imprisoned in Ravensbrück for fighting against the Nazi regime, young people can begin to think about the horrors of the past and also about the senseless violence and discrimination that they confront in varying degrees in their own lives. For the young and not so young people who cannot travel to the camp to see firsthand the memorial to the victims and heroines, this exhibit is intended to provide questions and answers about the experiences of women during the Holocaust, and particularly at Ravensbrück. Studying this camp helps us understand how gender and biology affected women during the Holocaust, and how and why men and women sometimes suffered in different ways.
Photo of pupils of a Dutch secondary school throwing roses into Lake Schwedt while visiting the Ravensbrück Memorial. Photo courtesy of Djajeng Pratomo.