Concentration camp sex experiments
and the other women prisoners out of the train and onto a truck. There were tables, chairs, benches, windows, and even curtains. He implemented a rewards scheme in the camps, whereby prisoners' "particular achievements" earned them smaller workloads, extra food or monetary bonuses.
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. Himmler also considered it beneficial to "provide the hard-working prisoners with women in brothels," as he wrote on March 23, 1942, to Oswald Pohl, the SS officer in charge of the concentration camps.
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The SS had recruited 10 women for Mauthausen, following the government security agency's guidelines for erecting brothels in forced labor camps. Altogether some 200 women shared the fate of the Mauthausen prisoners in the camp brothels.
In particular healthy and good-looking women prisoners between the ages of 17 and 35 caught the eye of SS recruiters.