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Sexuality and Sexual Violence

Seminar questions:

How are we to make sense of sexual violence in the Holocaust?

What were the functions of sexuality in the Holocaust?

How does sexuality impact what is seen as narratable in the genocide context?

Core readings:

Molly Applebaum, Buried Words, edited by Jan Grabowski (Ottawa: Azrieli, 2017), read introduction by Jan Grabowski and diary entries for 1943 and 1944.

Doris Bergen, “Sexual Violence in the Holocaust: Unique and Typical?” in Lessons and Legacies VII: The Holocaust in International Perspective, ed. Dagmar Herzog (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2006): 179-201.

Monika Flaschka, “Only Pretty Women Were Raped:” The Effect of Sexual Violence on Gender Identities in the Concentration Camps in Sexual Violence Against Jewish Women During the Holocaust, eds. Sonja M. Hedgepeth and Rochelle G. Saidel (Hanover: University Press of New England, 2010): 77-93.

Further reading:

Please note that the literature on sexual violence in the Holocaust is extensive, but not all of the scholarship is of high quality. I cannot post here a list of not-recommended authors, but I recommend that you get in touch about who are your core authors. A good rule of thumb is whether they cite German sources, and for post-2010 scholarship whether they cite Regina Mühlhäuser.
Regina Mühlhäuser's scholarship is key, and she is also one of the compilers of this bibliography:

http://warandgender.net/bibliography/

The next, less extensive, bibliography, was compiled by myself, Regina Mühlhäuser, and others:

https://sexualityandholocaust.com/bibliography-sexuality/