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The Purple Triangles in Ravensbrück

Poster Lila Winkel in Ravensbrück
Poster Lila Winkel in Ravensbrück

The Jehovah’s Witnesses (Bible Students) in the concentration camp.

Special exhibition
March 1st through August 31st, 2007

Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm

Zellenbau (former camp jail), exhibition hall Ravensbrück Memorial.

to the opening of the exhibition”The Purple Triangles in Ravensbrück “
on February 28, 2007, at 5 pm.

This exceptional exhibition, produced by the History Archives and Jehovah’s Witnesses Information Services of Selters (Taunus, Germany), offers a chronological and thematic presentation of the story of Jehovah’s Witnesses who were deported under the Nazi regime. Short biographies reveal the story of these women and men locked into concentration camps for being Bible Students and marked by a purple triangle on their prisoner uniforms. In the year 1939, an important group of Jehovah’s Witness women were transferred from the camp of Lichtenburg to the new women’s concentration camp in Ravensbrück. These women were the first prisoners of the camp. Approximately 400 women Jehovah’s Witnesses, who refused to work for the armament industries, were locked into the Zellenbau, the sinister “solitary confinement” of the camp, from winter 1939/1940. Until the end of 1944, approximately 1200 female Jehovah’s Witnesses were imprisoned in Ravensbrück.



Mrs Insa Eschebach, director of the Ravensbrück concentration camp memorial.

Inauguration speech:

“The Bible Students in the Nazi concentration camps”
by Dr. Detlef Garbe, historian.

Introduction to the exhibition:

Mr Johannes Wrobel, director of the History Archives of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Selters (Taunus, Germany)

Memories of a survivor:

Mrs Magdalena Reuter, born Kusserow

Tour of the exhibition

Musical accompaniment