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This document is a variation of the number card for female prisoners of Buchenwald concentration camp. The vast majority of the number cards, which are usually red or green, belonged to female prisoners in one of the satellite camps of Buchenwald. The white number cards, which are written on the backs of report leader cards, are an exception. They come from some of the total of 19 women who had to work in the Buchenwald camp brothel as forced sex workers. Where the satellite camp is listed on other number cards, there is a note on this card that says Bordell (“brothel”).

In Buchenwald concentration camp, there was a camp brothel in the “special building” (Sonderbau) from July 1943 until shortly before the liberation in 1945. Male concentration camp prisoners were allowed to visit it in the evening upon payment of a fee or as part of a reward system based on work performance. Jewish and Soviet prisoners were excluded from this regulation. The women, who had been taken from Ravensbrück concentration camp to Buchenwald, had been promised by the SS that they would be released after six months. But only eight of the women were actually released, and they were forced to work for more than six months. Nine women had to continue working as forced sex workers until the liberation of Buchenwald.

This document is a variation of the number card for female prisoners of Buchenwald concentration camp. The vast majority of the number cards, which are usually red or green, belonged to female prisoners in one of the satellite camps of Buchenwald. The white number cards, which are written on the backs of report leader cards, are an exception. They come from some of the total of 19 women who had to work in the Buchenwald camp brothel as forced sex workers. Where the satellite camp is listed on other number cards, there is a note on this card that says Bordell (“brothel”).

In Buchenwald concentration camp, there was a camp brothel in the “special building” (Sonderbau) from July 1943 until shortly before the liberation in 1945. Male concentration camp prisoners were allowed to visit it in the evening upon payment of a fee or as part of a reward system based on work performance. Jewish and Soviet prisoners were excluded from this regulation. The women, who had been taken from Ravensbrück concentration camp to Buchenwald, had been promised by the SS that they would be released after six months. But only eight of the women were actually released, and they were forced to work for more than six months. Nine women had to continue working as forced sex workers until the liberation of Buchenwald.

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