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May 23, 2019 Ellie Midwood rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
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
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
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.
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
Oct 18, 2013 Kitty Red-Eye rated it liked it
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