Women in the Holocaust: A Feminist History

Women in the Holocaust: A Feminist History

by Zoe Waxman

Hardcover

$50.00
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Thursday, August 29

Overview

Despite some pioneering work by scholars, historians still find it hard to listen to the voices of women in the Holocaust. Learning more about the women who both survived and did not survive the Nazi genocide - through the testimony of the women themselves - not only increases our understanding of this terrible period in history, but makes us rethink our relationship to the gendered nature of knowledge itself. Women in the Holocaust is about the ways in which socially- and culturally-constructed gender roles were placed under extreme pressure; yet also about the fact that gender continued to operate as an important arbiter of experience. Indeed, paradoxically enough, the extreme conditions of the Holocaust - even of the death camps - may have reinforced the importance of gender.

Whilst Jewish men and women were both sentenced to death, gender nevertheless operated as a crucial signifier for survival. Pregnant women as well as women accompanied by young children or those deemed incapable of hard labor were sent straight to the gas chambers. The very qualities which made them women were manipulated and exploited by the Nazis as a source of dehumanization. Moreover, women were less likely to survive the camps even if they were not selected for death. Gender in the Holocaust therefore became a matter of life and death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199608683
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/16/2017
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 709,250
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Zoe Waxman is a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. She previously taught in the history faculty in Oxford and at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she was fellow in Holocaust Studies. She is the author of Writing the Holocaust: Identity, Testimony, Representation (2006), and Anne Frank (2015), as well as numerous articles relating to the Holocaust and genocide. A board member of the British Association of Holocaust Studies, she also sits on the editorial board of Holocaust Studies and the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies. She is a trustee of the Wiener Library and a member of the academic advisory board for the Imperial War Museum's Holocaust galleries.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Women in the Ghettos
2. Hiding
3. Concentration Camps
4. After the War
Conclusion
Bibliography

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews