Sexual Violence against Jewish Women during the Holocaust [NOOK Book]

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Using testimonies, Nazi documents, memoirs, and artistic representations, this volume broadens and deepens comprehension of Jewish women’s experiences of rape and other forms of sexual violence during the Holocaust. The book goes beyond previous studies, and challenges claims that Jewish women were not sexually violated during the Holocaust.

This anthology by an interdisciplinary and international group of scholars addresses topics such as ...
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Overview

Using testimonies, Nazi documents, memoirs, and artistic representations, this volume broadens and deepens comprehension of Jewish women’s experiences of rape and other forms of sexual violence during the Holocaust. The book goes beyond previous studies, and challenges claims that Jewish women were not sexually violated during the Holocaust.

This anthology by an interdisciplinary and international group of scholars addresses topics such as rape, forced prostitution, assaults on childbearing, artistic representations of sexual violence, and psychological insights into survivor trauma. These subjects have been relegated to the edges or completely left out of Holocaust history, and this book aims to shift perceptions and promote new discourse.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Sadly, Hedgepth and Saidel may be asking too much of their readers: three hundred pages chronicling the literal and metaphorical rapes of women (who were often subsequently murdered) is a visceral discomfort few will be willing to undertake. But these essays, describing experiences of forced sex, "sex for survival," prostitution, sterilization, abortion, and general sexual humiliation, add greatly to what is known about the lives of Jewish women during WWII. Much of the content here is a philosophical extension of first-person accounts of sexual torture. One essay on victim psychology demonstrates how trauma can render the first-person unreliable. Several essays deal with WWII sexual violence as depicted in fiction and film. Taken together, these essays illustrate how this subject is discussed, or not, across the globe. The fact that this exhaustive volume represents the first set of essays on the subject written in English underpins a fundamental truth held by the editors: while English-speaking countries are comfortable discussing these horrors, the fates specific to the murdered women and survivors of sexual assault are considered by many to be too shameful for discourse.
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“Saidel and Hedgepeth knew rape was not documented in the same way as the number of trains that traveled to a concentration camp, but they sought out scholars from seven countries and collected 16 essays, drawing upon oral histories, literature, psychoanalysis, eyewitness reports and diaries.

The stories of rape and sexual abuse began to emerge as if they were old photographic film waiting for the right chemicals, and long-erased pictures of Jewish women who had suffered sexual abuse began to emerge.”—Cindy Cooper, Women’s E-News

“This revelatory anthology would be crucial as long-overdue truth even if it were unique, but the suppression of its truth probably left us even less prepared for sexual abuse in Bosnia, Rwanda, the Congo—and more. Rochelle and Sonja have given us the greatest gift: a truth of history that can keep us from repeating its suffering.”—Gloria Steinem, reported in The Forward

“Saidel and Hedgepeth demonstrate that there is ample documentation of the most vicious sexual abuse in the heart of ‘civilized’ Europe during the Holocaust. In their excellent collection, they go far in shining a spotlight on this fraught topic.”—Women’s Review of Books

"The subject of sexual brutality against women in the Holocaust has been pretty much neglected; this book is a vital addition to women's history, Jewish history and the history of the world."—Na’amat Woman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584659044
  • Publisher: Brandeis University Press
  • Publication date: 12/14/2010
  • Series: HBI Series on Jewish Women
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 289,180
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

SONJA M. HEDGEPETH is professor of German at Middle Tennessee State University. ROCHELLE G. SAIDEL is the author of The Jewish Women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp. She is the founder and executive director of Remember the Women Institute.
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Table of Contents

Foreword – Shulamit Reinharz
Acknowledgments
Introduction – Sonja M. Hedgepeth and Rochelle G. Saidel
Aspects of Sexual Abuse
Death and the Maidens: “Prostitution,” Rape, and Sexual Slavery during World War II – Nomi Levenkron
Sexualized Violence against Women during Nazi “Racial” Persecution – Brigitte Halbmayr
Sexual Exploitation of Women in Nazi Concentration Camp Brothels – Robert Sommer
Schillinger and the Dancer: Representing Agency and Sexual Violence in Holocaust Testimonies – Kirsty Chatwood
Rape of Jewish Women
“Only Pretty Women Were Raped”: The Effect of Sexual Violence on Gender Identities in the Concentration Camps – Monika J. Flaschka
The Tragic Fate of Ukrainian Jewish Women under Nazi Occupation, 1941–1944 – Anatoly Podolsky
The Rape of Jewish Women during the Holocaust – Helene J. Sinnreich
Rape and Sexual Abuse in Hiding – Zoë Waxman
Assaults on Motherhood
Reproduction under the Swastika: The Other Side of the Glorification of Motherhood – Helga Amesberger
Forced Sterilization and Abortion as Sexual Abuse – Ellen Ben-Sefer
Sexual Violence in Literature and Cinema
Sexual Abuse in Holocaust Literature: Memoir and Fiction – S. Lillian Kremer
“Stoning the Messenger”: Yehiel Dinur’s House of Dolls and Piepel – Miryam Sivan
Nava Semel’s And the Rat Laughed: A Tale of Sexual Violation – Sonja M. Hedgepeth and Rochelle G. Saidel
“Public Property”: Sexual Abuse of Women and Girls in Cinematic Memory – Yvonne Kozlovsky-Golan
The Violated Self
Sexual Abuse of Jewish Women during and after the Holocaust: A Psychological Perspective – Eva Fogelman
The Shame Is Always There – Esther Dror and Ruth Linn
Contributors
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Amazing

    I learned so much about sexual violence in the holocaust in this book. I couldnt put it down. If you are wondering if this book is worth a read i would say yes 100%.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Very good book

    There is a hesitancy to consider the impact of sexual violence against women during the Holocaust. However; it did occur and much can be learned from considering that violence's impact on the overall Holocaust experience. This book is best read in small bits since there are some really heartbreaking accounts in it.

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