Außenarbeitslager Gerdauen

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Außenarbeitslager Gerdauen was a subcamp of the Stutthof concentration camp in nowaday's Zheleznodorozhny, Kaliningrad Oblast. Most of the prisoners in the subcamps of the Stutthoff camp contained Jewish women from Hungary and from the Łódź Ghetto, and there were also some Jewish men from Lithuania.[1] While a labor camp rather than a death camp, many people died - of 100 Jewish girls at the camp only three survived the war.[2]

In 1994, Riva Chirurg published an autobiography which discussed her time at Gerdauen, as well as in the Łódź Ghetto, in Auschwitz and in Stutthoff.[3]


  1. ^ Herbert, Ulrich, Karin Orth, and Christoph Dieckmann, eds. Die nationalsozialistischen Konzentrationslager: Entwicklung und Struktur. Vol. 1. Wallstein Verlag, 1998. p1079
  2. ^ Gilbert, Martin. The Routledge atlas of the Holocaust. Psychology Press, 2002.. p 195
  3. ^ Mesher, D. (1996). The recovered self: Auschwitz and autobiography. Judaism, 45(2), 237. Retrieved from

Further reading[edit]

  • Wolfgang Benz, and Barbara Distel (Editors). Der Ort des Terrors. Geschichte der nationalsozialistischen Konzentrationslager Band 6: Natzweiler, Groß-Rosen, Stutthof. CH Beck, 2007.
  • Chirurg, Riva. "Bridge of Hope, Bridge of Sorrow." Berkeley: Judah L. Magnes Museum (1994).
  • Megargee, Geoffrey P.. (2009). The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945: VOLUME I Early Camps, Youth Camps, and Concentration Camps and Subcamps under the SS-Business Administration Main Office (WVHA). Indiana University Press. pp. 1453-1454

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