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Sexual Violence against Jewish Women during the Holocaust

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Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by Brandeis University Press
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Ellie Midwood
This is actually the second time that I’m reading this book. The first time I read it while doing research for my Holocaust novel which deals with the same subject and I remember how profoundly it affected me back then. The subject is still taboo. No one wants to talk about it - neither the victims nor the perpetrators. Most of the writers shy away from it. Even the majority of historians prefer to deal with “general” Holocaust positively refusing to acknowledge the painful truth: sexual violenc ...more
John Crane
Not what I had hoped it would be. Many of the articles are rather esoteric about pieces of literature that I have never read. Many of the articles try to discuss the frequency of sexual violence, but all conclude that there is no way to really know. I was hoping to get more information on the long-term effects of sexual violence on post-Holocaust PTSD and recovery. It is an ok book - and admirable in broaching the topic - but I hoped that it would have been more in-depth on more applicable topic ...more
Elle Druskin
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a new book that will be considered groundbreaking. As far as I know, this is the first collection of essays by a group of scholars to address this topic and should serve as a catalyst to future research.
Lisa-Jaine
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harrowing as expected. However it is about time we researched and uncovered the taboo subjects of rape and enforced prostitution amongst other gender appropriate crimes. Many victims will not acknowledge it as having happened because of the stigma and victim shaming that still goes on. A lot of memoirs skirt over the issue and we need to document these issues for future generations. They need to know the full story of war and the atrocities committed in the holocaust.
Emily
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Over the last few months I’ve read a lot of Holocaust literature, and this is easily one of the most brutal and disturbing books of them all. I wish I could write a longer review, but I don’t feel up to it. I had to pace myself because article is so draining. The Flaschka, Sinnreich, and Amesberger chapters stand out in particular. Horrific and unfathomable. Reaffirms the importance of studying women & gender history and paying attention to what Waxman called the “gendered nature of lived experi ...more
Kitty Red-Eye
The idea to study in particular sexualized violence against women in wartime and even more particularly during the Holocaust is an honorable idea and I don't want to rate the book as such, more like a general rating for the interested reader. It's "too scholarly" (well, that's the point of the book) for casual reading, and the extremely depressing subject doesn't help. But I'm glad I have this in my shelf. ...more
Beverley Chalmers
Congratulations on undertaking this challenging subject.
Natasha
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Interesting book, but a little to heavy on the feminist agenda and a little too light on survivor's experiences. ...more
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Dr. Sonja M. Hedgepeth is a Professor of German at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), where she has taught courses on the Holocaust since 1989.

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