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Women In The Holocaust Essay

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Women went through many hardships during the Holocaust, but many didn’t differ from the ones that men went through. It would be incorrect to say that women and men went through exactly the same things. While they did go through many similar things women were treated slightly differently because of their gender.
In the beginning of the war, everything was very gender specific. Everyone followed traditional gender roles where men would support the family financially, and women would take care of the kids and housework. This affected the chance of women having non-Jewish colleagues, close friends, or families to protect them because they didn’t venture into the world. Many believed that the ...view middle of the document...

Some observers believe it's a subject not sufficiently widespread or proven to warrant broad attention. Others fear it's driven by a microscopic view that deflects focus from what needs to be remembered. And still others feel that by pushing the issue, it may harm survivors who've suffered enough (2011, Silence Lifted section).
There were individual camps and parts of camps that were specifically for women. In May 1939, the SS opened Ravensbrück, the largest Nazi concentration camp established for women (2013, Women during the Holocaust section). Ravensbrück was the largest camp for women and over 100,000 women died. In 1943, the SS established a compound Auschwitz-Birkenau for women to be killed. The women that were transferred to Auschwitz-Birkenau were from Ravensbrück. The SS transferred thousands of women to Auschwitz-Birkena from Ravensbrück during the last year of World War 2.
Non-Jewish women were also in danger. The Nazis committed mass murder of Roma women at Auschwitz concentration camp, murdered females with disabilities in the T-4 and other euthanasia operations, and slaughtered women along with men as so-called partisans in many Soviet villages in 1943-1944 (2013, Women During the Holocaust section).
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