Online Lecture – Probing power dynamics: relations between female medical staff in Ravensbrück concentration camp

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An online lecture to be given by Dr. Kate Docking for the University of Huddersfield’s Centre for History, Culture and Memory and the Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association. 

This lecture will examine the relationships between individual female medical staff and prisoner infirmary workers at Ravensbrück concentration camp, an institution designated to intern women deemed racially, politically or socially ‘undesirable’. Drawing on survivor testimony and court documentation, Dr Docking will contend that while prisoner hospital workers were rendered hierarchically subordinate to female doctors and nurses, there was nonetheless a diverse spectrum of interactions between individual female medical personnel and prisoner medical workers. These encounters ranged from professional working relationships to, on occasion, friendly encounters, revealing that complex and lesser-known power dynamics were also at play in Ravensbrück.

This event will take place at 5.00pm GMT on the 16th March, 2022. If joining us from a different country, please check the time zone appropriate to where you are. The lecture is free and open to all. Please register your interest here: