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Prisoner society in the camps

Seminar questions:

How did the prisoner society compare to our society?

Why is gender still important in the camps?

What are the specifics of Millu's early Holocaust narrative?

Core readings:

Nikolaus Wachsmann, KL (London, 2014), ch. 10.

Jane Caplan, “Gender and the Concentration Camps,” in Caplan/Wachsmann, pp. 82-107.

Liana Millu, Smoke over Birkenau (New York: Jewish Publication Society, 1991): 145-197.

Further readings:

Terrence des Pres, The Survivor: Anatomy of Life in Death Camps (New York: Oxford University Press, 1976).

Alexandra Garbarini, Numbered Days: Diaries and the Holocaust (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006).

Anna Hájková, ‘Sexual Barter in Times of Genocide: Negotiating the Sexual Economy of the Theresienstadt Ghetto,’ in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 38, 3 (spring 2013), pp. 503-533.

Lawrence Langer, Admitting the Holocaust: Collected Essays (New York, 1995).

Anna Pawełczynska, Values and Violence in Auschwitz: A Sociological Analysis (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1979, original 1973).

Wolfgang Sofsky, The Order of Terror: The Concentration Camp (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013).

Maja Suderland, Inside Concentration Camps: Social Life at the Extremes (Cambridge/UK: Polity, 2013).

USHMM Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos.