Women’s Autobiographies by the Date of Publication

This site allows you to access the collection of women’s autobiographies organized by the last name of the authors. The collection includes autobiographies written by women who actively participated in or lived through an armed conflict covered by the Oxford Handbook of Gender and War since 1600 edited by Karen Hagemann (General Editor), Stefan Dudink, and Sonya Rose (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2018). The focus of this collection is the twentieth century as the period during which the relevant autobiographies were published. The included autobiographies are mainly written and/or published in English, French, German or Russian. To search the collection, go to the Keyword Search Page


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Zywulska, Krystyna. I Came Back. London: Dennis Dobson, 1951.
Reitsch, Hanna. Fliegen, mein Leben. Stuttgart, Germany: Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 1951.
Gaubry, Juliette Lafeychine. Tricornes et Bérets. Paris: Horay, 1954.
Butler, E. M. Paper Boats. London: Collins, 1959.
Delbo, Charlotte. Auschwitz et après...aucun de nous ne reviendra. Paris : Éditions de Minuit, 1965.

Charlotte Delbo joined the French Resistance in 1941 to aid the “Politzer group” in publishing clandestine literature. She was arrested in 1942, transferred to Romainville, and then deported to Auschwitz. Delbo was one of the 49 women who escaped the convoy to Auschwitz, but was recaptured and sent to Ravensbrück in 1944. This book is a poetic reflection on her experiences in Nazi concentration camps. After the war, Delbo worked for the United Nations.

First, Ruth. 117 Days. New York: Stein and Day, 1965.
Grez, Vicente, and Raúl Silva Castro. Las Mujeres de la Independencia. Santiago, Chile: Zig-Zag, 1966.
Hari, Mata. The Diary of Mata Hari. North Hollywood, CA: Brandon House, 1967.
Fourcade, Marie-Madeleine. L’arche de Noé: réseau alliance: 1940-1945. Paris: Fayard, 1968.

To obscure their trail, the members of the Alliance network only knew each other through the names of animals, Eagle, Stoat, Nightingale, Tiger.

Pitts, Lucia M. One Negro WAC's Story. Los Angeles: Privately Published, 1968.
Bielenberg, Christabel. The Past is Myself. London: Chatto & Windus, 1968.
Harris, Benjamin. Recollections of Rifleman Harris, Edited by Christopher Hibbert and Henry Curling. Hamden: Archon Books, 1970.

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