Women in the Holocaust

TitleWomen in the Holocaust
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsOfer, Dalie, and Lenore J. Weitzman
Number of Pages402
PublisherYale University Press
CityNew Haven

As Jews throughout Europe faced Nazi persecution, Jewish women ― wives, daughters, mothers ― encountered special problems and had particular vulnerabilities. By examining women’s unique responses, their incredible resourcefulness, their courage, and their suffering, the book enhances our understanding of the experiences of all Jews during the Nazi era. The introductory essay by Lenore Weitzman and Dalia Ofer stakes out new intellectual territory and shows how questions about gender lead to a richer and more finely nuanced understanding of the Holocaust. Testimonies of Holocaust survivors, written especially for this book, shed light on women’s lives in the ghettos, the Jewish resistance movement, and the concentration camps. The narratives personalize and exemplify many of the larger themes explored in other chapters by Holocaust historians, sociologists, and literary experts. These chapters explore the variety and complexity of gender differences during the Holocaust. 

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