This book that came out recently may answer the question—haven’t read it, but it looks useful: KZ Bordell by Robert Sommer http://historytodaymagazine.blogspot.co ... chive.html
As for the rest, it seems reasonable to conclude that camp personnel had sex with Jewish inmates—there’s certainly enough anecdotal evidence. As for the suggestion that the inmates wouldn’t be attractive enough, keep in mind that there were lots of different jobs at these camps. Some women worked hard labor; some worked in offices, or in places like Canada where they would have had access to food. And, of course, becoming a favorite of a guard early on could ensure precisely that one got such a job, and such perks.
At the same time, it seems unlikely that the official brothels would use Jews, especially because there were so many non-Jewish female inmates available.
I would like to disagree, however with some of the statements made by von Tulloch(I know, it was a long time ago, but I wrote most of this up before I saw the date, and the general caveats are still useful)
1. It’s not terribly helpful to draw conclusions about behavior in extreme circumstances from cultural standards in normal circumstances. He wrote:
However, I can tell you with no reservations that NO religious Jewish woman would allow herself to be used as a whore in a brothel by anti-semites. She would kill herself, first. That is a fact.
Well, it isn’t. Normally, an Orthodox Jew wouldn’t eat unkosher food, violate the Sabbath, pretend to be a Christian, etc. etc. But we know that during the Holocaust, plenty of Orthodox Jews did all this and more. Some lost their religion, some didn’t, but extreme circumstances lead to extreme behaviors (and of course, many Jews in the camps weren't particularly pious to begin with)
2. It’s not terribly helpful to draw conclusions about behaviors in extreme circumstances from cultural standards in normal circumstances several centuries earlier.
Jewish behaviors in the Middle Ages are irrelevant to discussing Jewish behaviors in the Holocaust, but fit into a certain "essentialist" view of race and culture which holds that people never change. While prostitution was rare among Jews before the 19th century, by the end of the 19th century, it had became a major issue for Eastern European Jewry, wherever around the world they were found. While many girls entered it knowingly, many others, from pious families, were tricked, “ruined,” and, once shamed, felt they couldn’t return home. Evidence that piety and prostitution were not mutually exclusive can be seen in the fact that in some places, like Rio, separate synagogues were opened up for Jews in the sex trade.
3. It’s not terribly helpful to draw conclusions about behaviors in extreme circumstances from cultural standards in normal circumstances several centuries earlier, especially when you’re in error about those circumstances. He wrote:
Technically, the husband or father was responsible for slaying the females in his family if they were in danger of this sort of exploitation. This happened a lot during the middle-ages and Spanish Inquisition. However, I am unsure how often it occurred during World War Two.
What evidence do you have for this? The mass suicides in 1096 weren’t out of fear of sexual exploitation, but to avoid either converting, or being killed at the hands of the Crusaders. “Slaying the females” was certainly not a common practice for which Jewish men were responsible, technically or otherwise. As for the Inquisition, I have no idea to what you’re referring—are you suggesting that converso men were frequently killing their wives and daughters to keep them from being raped by Inquisitors?
As for the blond Jews, stereotypes notwithstanding (and obviously, most Jews are brunettes), there were plenty of blond Jews before the war, and in places that weren’t touched by the war.
And I love when people write things like:
Taking advantage of any woman in such a way is odious. I wouldn't have thought the SS would have stooped to such a thing.
Ah, of course, the nobility of the SS. Murdering a Jewish woman? Of course. But rape her? Es passt nicht