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Numerous memoirs have helped shed light on the horrors of Nazi Germany, but none have offered the heartbreaking sincerity and careful consideration of women’s experiences that Lucille Eichengreen’s Haunted Memories: Portraits of Women in the Holocaust details. Eichengreen offers a thorough and heartfelt look at the female experience of the Nazi camps. Telling the tale of her own survival, Eichengreen’s work explores all the women she encountered, from the empowered female SS guards to the prisoners who were ...

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Overview

Numerous memoirs have helped shed light on the horrors of Nazi Germany, but none have offered the heartbreaking sincerity and careful consideration of women’s experiences that Lucille Eichengreen’s Haunted Memories: Portraits of Women in the Holocaust details. Eichengreen offers a thorough and heartfelt look at the female experience of the Nazi camps. Telling the tale of her own survival, Eichengreen’s work explores all the women she encountered, from the empowered female SS guards to the prisoners who were forced to trade sex for food. With unwaveringly straightforward prose, Eichengreen isn’t afraid to expose the heartbreaks of her close allies or the brutality of the Jews, prisoners, and women she thought she could rely on. After enduring 12 years of ghettos, concentration camps, and various other abuses from the Nazis, Eichengreen escaped to America only to find publishers disinterested in her writings because of her gender and historians scandalized by her emphasis on gender relations within the Holocaust. Despite these challengers—and her own reservations about confronting the horrors of her past—Eichengreen collected her experiences in two memoirs, From Ashes to Life and Rumkowski: and the Orphans of Lodz. Her new work forces questions of power, gender, and sex into unfamiliar territory and offers a new angle into the experiences of the Nazi camps, providing a new, immensely important discourse on the history of the Holocaust, as well as the history of gender relations.

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Eichengreen, a Holocaust survivor, shares the stories of women she knew during her horrific experience. Her memories of conversations with the women she encountered are remarkably detailed, even with strangers she knew only briefly: the wife of a judge who showed her great warmth in a food ration line before escaping the Lodz ghetto by pretending to be Aryan; a rumored prostitute who abetted her brother in his scheme to avoid the concentration camps by wearing a full-body cast; a female SS guard who did Eichengreen the small but perilous kindness of sneaking her a toothbrush and toothpaste. Particularly unsettling are accounts of what parents and children endured—Eichengreen's own mother, usually reticent about her personal experiences, sensed her impending death and finally shared her life story with her daughter days before Eichengreen and her sister "dug a grave in the dry parched soil of the ghetto cemetery" and buried her; and Rebecca, Eichengreen's neighbor in the ghetto, disciplined her five-year-old daughter by warning, "The Germans will come." By transcribing women's stories as they were told to her without judgment or superfluous commentary, Eichengreen has contributed an important record of the unique experience of women during the Holocaust. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935557678
  • Publisher: Publishing Works
  • Publication date: 5/17/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Professor Elisabeth Baer 1

Preface 11

Part 1 Hamburg Before the War 16

Sala 18

Irmgard Schiller 27

Maria 35

Part 2 The Lodz Ghetto, Poland 42

Mira 45

Erika 53

Ruda 62

Fajga 66

Miriam and Rebecca 69

Part 3 Extermination Camp Auschwitz 74

Alice 76

Part 4 Concentration Camp Neuengamme 94

Dessauer Ufer and Sasel 95

Dr.Gisa 96

Three Czech Women 102

Women in the SS 107

Part 5 Concentration Camp Bergen-Belsen 114

Helga and Vera 116

Eva: New Beginnings 119

Dori Tisch: The Marriage 124

Part 6 Return to Hamburg, Fifty Years Later 130

Anna: A432171 132

For Sale (Sold) 140

Epilogue 145

Selected Bibliography 146

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    WOMEN IN NAZI CAMPS

    This is a poignant and disturbing look at the lives of women (mainly Jewish) under the brutality of Germans during World War II. As you've read about the Holocaust, just think how seldom or ever, you've read a book about women. This book will be a good start. LLL

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