letters from Ravensbrück concentration camp
Irma's mother saved letters from her daughter.
They were addressed to Frieda, her mother and Papa, Herrn
Irene knew nothing about these letters.
When she received them from her sister in 1990, she felt
for the first time that she had a mother.
Previously she had been a complete stranger to her.
She had thought about Irene - had wanted to look after the
- "Often the women had no news from horne for a long
time. They didn't know if their darlings were suffering or already killed in
the bombing. They worried that it would be very depressing for them to know
that their mothers were in concentration camps. After all, the fascists let
the children feel in a rough and brutal way that their parents were 'enemies
of the state'. In the evening, after the day's drudgery, after hunger and
cold, when the prisoners lay close together with aching backs and legs, one
or the other would talk about her children who she longed for, worried about
their health, worried for their lives."
The letters are given here in their chronological order...