Skip to Main Content (Press Enter)
Ravensbruck by Sarah Helm
Add Ravensbruck to bookshelf
Add to Bookshelf


Best Seller
Ravensbruck by Sarah Helm
Paperback $23.00
Mar 22, 2016 | ISBN 9780307278715

Buy from Other Retailers:

See All Formats (1) +
  • Mar 22, 2016 | ISBN 9780307278715

    Buy from Other Retailers:

  • Mar 31, 2015 | ISBN 9780385539111

    Buy from Other Retailers:

Product Details


“Brilliantly presented. . . . Elegantly crafted. . . . Under Helm’s sympathetic hand, the women of Ravensbrück come alive once again.” —The Washington Post

“Moving. . . . Absorbing. . . . When acts of resistance are described, inspirational.” The New York Review of Books

“Fascinating. . . . Achieves just the right balance of judgment, fearlessness and restraint.” —San Francisco Chronicle 

“A sense of urgency infuses this history. . . . [Helm’s] book comes not a moment too soon.” —The Economist

“A profoundly moving chronicle.” —The Guardian (London)

“Ravensbrück helps us understand how thoroughgoing an onslaught on humanity Nazi Germany perpetrated, and how central to its identity was its implacable urge to enslave and kill those it considered undesirable. . . . Ravensbrück gives us an agonizing sense of the dark heart of the Nazi ethos.” —The New York Times Book Review 

“Illuminates the attempted escapes, executions, and impossible courage of women history conspired to forget.” O, The Oprah Magazine 

“A remarkable and riveting narrative.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A groundbreaking, detailed biography. . . . There’s much to absorb here, from talks of inhumanely cruel punishment to examples of camaraderie, resilience and courage.” —The Jewish Week

“Compelling. . . . Powerful. . . . Devastating. . . . What one is left with at the end of this momentous book is a sense of the power of human nature, both for good and for evil.” —The Irish Independent 

“Using material once locked behind the Iron Curtain, Sarah Helm has performed a tremendous feat of historical rescue. This book at last gives full voice to the women of Ravensbrück, the only Nazi concentration camp for women, for the very first time.” —Anne Applebaum, author of Gulag, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

“An important cautionary tale. . . . A revelation. . . . Helm describes an amazing social structure that, despite all, arose in that encapsulated place, run for and mostly by women. The courage of the prisoners in the face of overwhelming cruelty was extraordinary.” —Lynn H. Nicholas, author of The Rape of Europa, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

Ravensbrück is a book everyone should read. . . . Beautifully written. . . . Helm has done an amazing job with an enormous and enormously painful topic.” —PopMatters

“A beautifully written history of events that offers additional insight into Nazism and those caught in its path. . . . This book deserves significant attention.” —Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Chronicles the history of this much-ignored site for women. . . . Helm delivers a gripping story of the women who outlasted them and had the strength to share with the author and us sixty years later.” —Kirkus Reviews

Looking for More Great Reads?
21 Books You’ve Been Meaning to Read
Get the latest updates about Sarah Helm
And go from well-read to best read with book recs, deals and more in your inbox every week.
And go from well-read to best read with book recs, deals and more in your inbox every week.
By clicking SIGN UP, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to Penguin Random House’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use and understand that Penguin Random House collects certain categories of personal information for the purposes listed in that policy, discloses, sells, or shares certain personal information and retains personal information in accordance with the policy. You can opt-out of the sale or sharing of personal information anytime.
Something awesome is on its way.
Back to Top