Pelagia Michalik – Experimental Rabbit at Nazis (German) Camp Ravensbruck

It is a bit sad part of my family’s history. During the WWII my mum’s step sister was a member of a resistance movement and was caught in 1941. She was sent to Ravensbruck Nazi camp where she was a part of medical experiments done by German doctors.

She was freed in 1945 by allies and sent to Sweden by the Swedish Red Cross for a treatment. Unfortunately she was in a very bad condition and after returning to Poland she died very soon. During her treatment in Sweden she got a small gift – a china rabbit – as she was an experimental rabbit. We have got the rabbit in our Welsh dresser.


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