We would eat well and have enough to drink. If we behaved and fulfilled our duties nothing would happen to us. So begins the wrenching account of Frau W. Those prisoners who had a privileged place in the camp hierarchy — exhibition curator Michael Sommer estimates about one percent of the forced labourers — could buy up to a quarter of an hour with one of the women for two Reichsmarks from the pittance they earned in the Nazi-run factories. No Jews worked at the brothels or were allowed to patronise them, and separate facilities were created for camp guards. Prostitutes were regularly tested for sexually-transmitted diseases to prevent outbreaks at the camps.
For this reason, it is excluded from the list below. It should, however, be noted for its importance to the cycle. These film makers had discovered that it was easier to get violently sexual situations past the censors if they were presented within the context of having basis in the historical facts of Nazi war atrocities. Of course, none of these films had any interest in being factually correct. These films pushed the boundaries of bad taste to their lowest limit. More likely, the fundamental appeal is simply the fact that a whole slew of beautiful women get naked frequently. One thing is certain, these films make no apologies and force their contents upon the viewer on their own moral terms.
Good wages and free board, accommodation and clothing are promised. What is not mentioned is that the clothing is an SS uniform. Today the flimsy wooden barracks for the prisoners are long gone. All that remains is an eerily empty, rocky field, about 80km 50 miles north of Berlin.
Survivors and researchers usually present the concentration camp as the ultimate example of a total institution. The terror so zealously applied by the employees of the Schutzstaffel SS, protection squadron in the camps was indeed meticulously planned by the leaders of the SS — first and foremost Heinrich Himmler Sofsky, ; Armanski, ; Herbert, Orth and Dieckmann, ; Benz and Distel, Nonetheless, the idea that all terror was systematically organised is somewhat misleading. Camp regulations certainly gave the guards, like SS officers, the authority to punish prisoners. SS guards never officially had the right to use violence on prisoners arbitrarily, still less the right to kill them service pistols were only to be used in self-defence.