Camp Sisters : Women and the Holocaust
By Joyce Parkey
oChance and luck was stated as the primary and only reason camp
survivors made it past the concentration camps.
oThe Nazis aimed at isolating the Jews, segregating them from loved
ones , which is known as “Final Solution”.
o-Although what the Nazis failed to realize that human being are social
creatures that create substitute relationships and redefine existing
ones to fill the void left by separation and death , which is also known
as “Surrogate Families”.
oRelationship within the camp experienced by women was called
“Camp sisters or mother”
oCamp prisoner at their arrival were segregated based upon
Sex and initial selection
Those who went to live went onto the left
Those marked with death went onto the right
oInmates were denied potable water for drinking, shared overcrowded
barracks and were left with no personal space, A bucket was used a
toilet upon many members to share.
oThey were given sleepless nights, hard labor, and roll calls; such task
was meant to humiliate, dehumanize and shock prisoners into
submission and lead them willing to death.
o“Cooperation for survival was amongst members of the same species
which is considered the basic law of life”
Camp sisters or mother : camp prisoner at their arrival were segregated based upon. those who went to live went onto the left. humans have a strong need for affiliation which goldberg refers to a need for connectedness . in loss of close family people formed new ones to mend the gap and distance that kept them apart from their loved ones. camp families came together by misfortune and suffering. when on family was ill, injured or depressed the other would take charge: one important function of camp families was the physical care for one another. i. e. sharing of one"s food amongst the group and or nursing a sister who was ill or injured. camp sister physically provided for one another, those who were unable to walk or see were given great assistance by their sisters to keep going. women provided relief from stress by conveying a sense of security www. notesolution. com.