Sexual Barter in Times of Genocide: Negotiating the Sexual Economy of the Theresienstadt Ghetto

  title={Sexual Barter in Times of Genocide: Negotiating the Sexual Economy of the Theresienstadt Ghetto},
  author={Anna H{\'a}jkov{\'a}},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={503 - 533}
  • Anna Hájková
  • Published 22 February 2013
  • Sociology
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
Conditions in the transit ghetto of Theresienstadt, which existed between 1941 and 1945, generated a system in which female sexual and social favors were deliberately traded for food, protection, and symbolic capital within the inmates’ society. Scholars analyzing the sexuality of Holocaust victims have so far only focused on sexual violence (including forced prostitution) or romantic relationships. Love and sexuality have been understood as either a refuge mechanism or a form of oppression… 

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