Solutions–Part 2

This is Part 2….a continuation of my post “Solution For An Old Problem”………the first part can be read here…….

Sadly my research turned up the “brothels” that were set up by the Nazis in their Concentration Camps…….

WE have seen just how “brothels” were used to help the soldiers in their time of need during World War One…..well twenty years later and the next great war, World War Two, found “brothels” were once again used to help the soldiers in his time of need.

Kicking them with his boots, the SS soldier drove Margarete W. and the other women prisoners out of the train and onto a truck. “Move the tarpaulin, put the flap down. Everyone get in,” he yelled. Through the plastic window in the truck’s canvas side, she watched as they drove into a men’s camp and stopped in front of a barracks with a wooden fence.

The women were taken into a furnished room. The barracks were different from the ones Margarete W., then 25, knew from her time at the Ravensbrück women’s concentration camp. There were tables, chairs, benches, windows, and even curtains. The female overseer informed the new arrivals that they were “now in a prisoners’ brothel.” They would live well there, the woman said, with good food and drink, and if they did as they were told, nothing would happen to them. Then each woman was assigned a room. Margarete W. moved into No. 13.

The prisoners’ brothel at the Buchenwald concentration camp opened on July 11, 1943. It was the fourth of a total of 10 so-called “special buildings” erected in concentration camps between 1942 and 1945, according to the instructions of Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS. He implemented a rewards scheme in the camps, whereby prisoners’ “particular achievements” earned them smaller workloads, extra food or monetary bonuses.

But let’s not point too hard at the Nazis……Japan was just as guilty of this forced prostitution ….they were called “Comfort Girls”……..

Lee Ok-seon was running an errand for her parents when it happened: a group of uniformed men burst out of a car, attacked her and dragged her into the vehicle. As they drove away, she had no idea that she would never see her parents again.

She was 14 years old.

That fateful afternoon, Lee’s life in Busan, a town in what is now South Korea, ended for good. The teenager was taken to a so-called “comfort station”—a brothel that serviced Japanese soldiers—in Japanese-occupied China. There, she became one of the tens of thousands of “comfort women” subjected to forced prostitution by the imperial Japanese army between 1932 and 1945.

This Part 2 covers World War Two and the  attempts to make “Brothels” available to the German and Japanese soldier of the day.  Again these were forced prostitution not the point of the series I am just giving the history of such “brothels”.

6 thoughts on “Solutions–Part 2

  1. Distressing indeed, to think of those poor women, many under 16 of course.
    (The film was a little strange, using photos of Greta Garbo at some points)
    Best wishes, Pete.

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