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Overview

Until now there has never been a systematic assessment of the "double jeopardy" of Jewish women in the Holocaust, because most of the chroniclers of this cruelest tragedy of modern history have been men. Yet for women, as scholar Myrna Goldenberg observes, "The hell was the same, but the horrors were different." Different Voices is the most thoroughgoing examination of women's experiences of the Holocaust ever compiled. It gathers together - for the first time in a single volume - the latest insights of scholars, the powerful testimonies of survivors, and the eloquent reflections of writers, theologians, and philosophers. Twenty-eight women in all speak of Hitler's "Final Solution," from the rising storm in prewar Germany to the terrors and privations of the camps, and of the everyday heroism that kept hope alive. Part One, "Voices of Experience," recounts the painful and poignant stories of survivors. We hear Olga Lengyel's anguish at discovering that she had unwittingly sent her mother and son to the gas chamber; on recalling the brutality of Irma Griese, a stunningly beautiful SS officer; on witnessing the unspeakable "medical experiments" the Nazis conducted on women. We share Livia F. Britton's memory of hunger and terrible vulnerability as a naked thirteen-year-old at Auschwitz. We learn of the horrific price that Dr. Gisela Perl was forced to pay to save women's lives. Part Two, "Voices of Interpretation," offers the new insights of women scholars of the Holocaust, including evidence that the Nazis specifically preyed on women as the propagators of the Jewish race. Marion A. Kaplan describes the lives of a generation of Jewish women who thought that they were assimilated into German society. Gisela Bok examines the Nazi's eugenics theories and sterilization programs, and Gitta Sereny questions Theresa Stangl, wife of the Kommandant of Sobibor and Treblinka, about her perceptions of the atrocities and of her moral responsibility. In Part Three, "Voices of
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557785046
  • Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/14/1998
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 436
  • Sales rank: 360,850
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Rittner, R.S.M., is distinguished professor of holocaust and genocide studies at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

John K. Roth is the Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College, where he has taught since 1966. In 1988, he was named National Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Roth is a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council in Washington.

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Table of Contents

Maps and Photographs
Preface
Prologue: Women and the Holocaust 1
General Suggestions for Further Reading 20
Chronology 22
Pt. 1 Voices of Experience
1 A Scrap of Time 40
2 A Letter from Westerbork 46
3 Arrivals, Departures 58
4 Fragments of Isabella 65
5 The Arrival 69
6 Coming of Age 73
7 Twenty Months at Auschwitz 84
8 Lulu 99
9 A Doctor in Auschwitz 104
10 Scientific Experiments 119
11 Resistance 130
12 The Camp Blanket 143
Part One: Suggestions for Further Reading 149
Pt. 2 Voices of Interpretation
13 Racism and Sexism in Nazi Germany: Motherhood, Compulsory Sterilization, and the State 161
14 Jewish Women in Nazi Germany: Daily Life, Daily Struggles, 1933-1939 187
15 Women and the Holocaust: The Case of German and German-Jewish Women 213
16 Women in the Resistance and in the Holocaust 250
17 Into That Darkness 270
18 Consequences: Women, Nazis, and Moral Choice 287
19 The Courage to Care 309
Part Two: Suggestions for Further Reading 317
Pt. 3 Voices of Reflection
20 A Few Words in the Mother Tongue 324
21 Days and Memory 328
22 The Table 332
23 Facing the Void 349
24 A Different Power 355
25 Fragments of a Broken Past 363
26 Women and the Holocaust: A Reconsideration of Research 373
Part Three: Suggestions for Further Reading 419
Epilogue: Different Voices 421
Glossary 427
Index 431
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