Women and the Holocaust: Narrative and Representation

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Women and the Holocaust brings together essays by leading scholars in the field of Shoah Studies that derive from disciplines such as literary criticism, religious studies, history, sociology, and film studies while focusing on the unique experiences of women in the Holocaust. These scholars analyze how these experiences are represented in cultural media, how these experiences are remembered, and how they differ from men's experiences. This collection seeks to redress the marginalization of women in the recounting of the devastation of European Jewry. It addresses the situation of women suffering for their Jewishness, and the memorialization of this suffering in which they found expression. The contributors search for the unique aspects of this expression by analyzing women's portrayals and texts, and by evaluating the unique voice of women as witnesses to the Holocaust.
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Editorial Reviews

University Of Maryland In Europe - Tobe Levin
Like all good books on the Shoah, Fuchs' is a call to vigilance—for people of all genders
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal Of Jewish Studies, Summer 2002 Vol. 20, No.4 - Lynn Rapaport
The edited volume adds to this small but growing literature that gives voice to women's experiences. It shows a variety of way in which scholars can highlight women's experiences by using gender as an analytical category in understanding how the Holocaust victimized women and men differently
An anthology of essays, poetry, and memoirs, presented to counteract the dearth of studies testifying to women's unique experience in the Holocaust. Central to the material is the question of men's representation of women in Holocaust literature and film. Specific topics include a questioning of the Catholic church's motives in sanctifying Edith Stein as a martyr, an analysis of the Nazis' targeting of Jewish mothers, and an examination of various films' representations of women's heroic resistance fighters. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761813439
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 3/25/1999
  • Series: Studies in the Shoah Series
  • Edition description: Volume XXII
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Esther Fuchs is Associate Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona.
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Table of Contents

chapter 1 Introduction chapter 2 The Problem of Edith Stein: Jewess and Catholic Saint chapter 3 Lesbians and the Holocaust chapter 4 Reproduction and Resistance During the Holocaust chapter 5 In A World Shorn of Color: Toward a Feminist Theology of Holocaust Testimonies chapter 6 Re-occupying the Territories of Silence: Israeli Daughters of Shoah Survivors Between Language and Silence chapter 7 Women as Agents of Suffering and Redemption in the Poetry of Nelly Sachs chapter 8 Women as Resistance Fighters in Recent Popular Films: The Case of Hanna Senesh and Helen Moszkiewiez chapter 9 The Construction of Heroines in Holocaust Films: The Jewess as Beautiful Soul chapter 10 Selection from Margaret Engel (Kohn) Keat's Memoir: 1939-1941 chapter 11 Life in Hiding: Razek's Barn: An Excerpt from Silent Screams chapter 12 Recent Books on Female Jewish Writers and Artists of the Holocaust chapter 13 Index
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