However, access was limited to the privileged prisoners, those who had the better jobs, and were not designated for "destruction through labour".
The excerpt is marred by the inclusion of some sensationalist items that are not based on hard evidence. The statement that officers and soldiers of the Wehrmacht and SS visited the camp brothels is almost certaionly untrue; entry to concentration camps was highly restricted, and German personnel could not simply walk into them to visit the brothels there. Furthermore, German personnel actually assigned to duty in the concentration camps were forbidden any sexual contact with prisoners, whether Jewish or non-Jewish, and were therefore not allowed to visit the brothels (although it is possible that on occasion German camp staff disobeyed the regulations).
Another major failing of the excerpt is its failure to investigate the selection of the women who staffed the camp brothels. It is correct when it states that the women came from the Ravenbrueck and Auschwitz-Birkenau camps, but it fails to mention that the women had been sent to those camps as "anti-socials", and that the "crime" for which they had been designated "anti-social" was illegal sex-work in Germany or in German-occupied territories. It is likely that the majority of the recruits for the camp brothels came from Ravensbrueck rather than from the women's camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau, since the inmates of the latter were nearly all Jewish women.
The excerpt also contains unsupported speculation, eg
It is extremely unlikely that female inmates recruited for sex-work in camp brothels were sent to places other than the concentration camp where they were employed. Concentration-camp prisoners did not leave the camps except to go to work in factories, quarries, mines etc. The camp brothels served the privileged prisoners, the ones who held positions in the camp administration, and therefore remained in the camp and did not perform hard physical labour.prisoners went to work in camp brothels.........and conceivably further east as well-to brothels in the cities, field brothels, and perhaps other camp brothels.
Another unsupported anecdote:
The use of the word "guess" is entirely apt. Being a Jew, Primo Levi did not have access to the camp brothel at Auschwitz, which was reserved for privileged non-Jewish prisoners, and would not have had first-hand experience of how they were run. Most probably he was just repeating camp scuttlebutt, or even exercising his own imagination.Primo Levi writes that in Auschwitz an economic boom period occurred with the arrival of a fresh contingent of robust polish girls in place of the old inmates we can probably guess that the Germans murdered them.
The problem with this sort of topic is that, like anything involving sexuality, it is subject to male fantasy, to the extent where the truth is difficult to extract from a mass of pornographic imagination. Another problem is that attempts at rational analysis may be distorted by a feminist ideological agenda.