Women of Ravensbrück: Portraits of Courage

Ravensbrück, the Nazi’s major concentration camp for women, brought fear and terror to its imprisoned, tortured victims. Subject to unspeakable horrors, few survived. The faces of these triumphant women have been immortalized by artist Julia Terwilliger in one of the newest exhibits of Holocaust art to emerge today.

What makes the collection significant is its focal point on women and their experiences during the Holocaust. The exhibition centers around seven large, wooden panes with mixed media and photo transfer images of Ravensbrück women, young and old, survivors and those who did not live. The collection contains rare original artifacts from the camp, including a handmade recipe book and gifts secretly exchanged by the women. In addition, the artist created a 10-foot memorial triangle and an artifacts installation. curator, Rochelle G. Saidel, PhD, completed the exhibition with the addition of seventeen panels on the history and background of Ravensbrück , and fourteen panels of photographs of individuals, demonstrating the broad spectrum of women from 23 nations imprisoned in the camp.


  • Exhibition includes: 7 portrait pieces, 1 memorial triangle, 7-2-sided portrait panels (text and image), 17 history panels, 2 artifact cases (optional)
  • Crates: 12-14
  • Space requirements: approx. 1500 – 2000 square feet
  • Loan fee: $3500 (plus freight)
  • Security: High

This exhibition has been exhibited at institutions such as:

  • Holocaust Museum Houston
  • Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, Cincinnati
  • Holocaust Center of United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
  • Holocaust Memorial Center of Farmington Hills, MI
  • Virginia Holocaust Museum