‘And it was something we didn’t talk about’: Rape of Jewish Women during the Holocaust

  title={‘And it was something we didn’t talk about’: Rape of Jewish Women during the Holocaust},
  author={Helene J. Sinnreich},
  journal={Holocaust Studies},
  pages={1 - 22}
This article focuses on the sexual abuse of Jewish women by German men during the Holocaust. It rejects the myth that laws forbidding Rassenschande would prevent the rape of Jewish women and argues that genocidal conditions provided fertile soil for such abuses. It examines some of the reasons that scholars have shied away from discussing this issue. 

Thinking through the silence: theorizing the rape of Jewish males during the Holocaust through survivor testimonies

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Did Gender Matter during the Holocaust?

  • M. Kaplan
  • History, Sociology
    Jewish Social Studies
  • 2019
Looking back on the past four decades of historical studies on Jewish women and the Holocaust is no small task. I started my own research in the 1970s, focusing first on the German Jewish feminist

Rassenschande, Genocide and the Reproductive Jewish Body: examining the use of rape and sexualized violence against Jewish women during the Holocaust?

Rape and sexual violence against Jewish women is a relatively unexplored area of investigation. This article adds to the scant literature on this topic. It asks: how and why did women's reproductive

Sexual Violence and the Holocaust: Reflections on Memory and Witness Testimony

This study looks at the intersection of Holocaust trauma and memory and that of sexual violence. It focuses on the psychological aftermath of sexual violence as described by survivors of the

The Rape of Jewish Women and Girls during the First Phase of the Romanian Offensive in the East, July 1941: A Research Agenda and Preliminary Findings

While several studies of the sexual violence perpetrated by the Wehrmacht in the East have been published in recent years, the violent sexual behaviour of Romanian troops during the Second World War

Local Testimony and the (Un)Silencing of Sexual Violence in Lithuania under German Occupation during WWII

The memory of sexual violence in Eastern Europe under German occupation during WWII has long been silenced by the opacity of local events to outside observers, a conspiracy of silence on the issue of

Gendered viewing strategies: a critique of Holocaust-related films that eroticize, monsterize and fetishize the female body

ABSTRACT This piece unpacks how Holocaust-related films – ranging from Nazisploitation cinema (Love Camp 7, 1968; Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS, 1975) through to ‘art house’ (The Night Porter, 1974) and

Reframing Sexual Violence as a Weapon and Strategy of War: The Case of the German Wehrmacht during the War and Genocide in the Soviet Union, 1941–1944

W h e n I p r e s e n t e d m y r e s e a r c h on sexual practices, including sexual violence, by German soldiers during the war of annihilation at a public event in the spring of 2009, a man in the

Reproduction and Miscegenation

  • History
    The Holocaust and New World Slavery
  • 2019
The analysis of slave reproduction in this chapter has one purpose: to contrast the Th ird Reich’s defi ning, uncompromising desire to destroy the Jewish People and foreclose the possibility of there

"Chorus of the Saved" : Constructing the Holocaust Survivor in Swedish Public Discourse, 1943-1966

In this dissertation I examine how the Holocaust survivor has been constructed in Swedish public discourse during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. This is done using a Foucauldian-inspired genealogical ...



Women and genocide: notes on an unwritten history.

  • R. W. Smith
  • Political Science
    Holocaust and genocide studies
  • 1994
This essay explores women's experiences with genocide in terms of participation, forms of victimization, and consequences, focusing on the relationship between women and the perpetration of genocide.

Common Fate, Different Experience: Gender-Specific Aspects of the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1917

  • K. Derderian
  • Political Science
    Holocaust and genocide studies
  • 2005
The Armenian Genocide offers opportunities for comparative gender studies, and Eyewitness accounts and diplomatic reports shed light on the place of gender during genocidal persecution.

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The war in the former Yugoslavia since 1991 brought mass rape as a method of total war and genocide to the attention of the world. Groups like the Serbian Unity Congress (with its headquarters in

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With her latest book, author Nechama Tec adds to her already impressive body of work on the Holocaust by providing an empirical examination of gender differences in the experiences of Jewish

Preempting the Holocaust

Lawrence L. Langer, perhaps the most important literary critic of the Holocaust, here explores the use of Holocaust themes in literature, memoirs, film, and painting. Langer focuses his attention on

Desperate Times, Desperate Measures: The Causes of Civilian Victimization in War

Despite normative and legal injunctions against targeting civilians in war, as well as doubts regarding the effectiveness of such strategies, belligerents have frequently turned their guns on

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Numerous recent studies of the Holocaust as it occurred in the occupied Soviet territories have shifted attention from the central German leadership to the role of regional officials and