Women's Autobiographies on the Age of the Second World War

This bibliography focuses on women's autobiographies, diaries and memoirs (as well as a few letter connections). These authors participated in and/or lived through various, Western armed conflict and wrote about their experiences in English, French, German or Russian.

The most important wars for this period include:

  • Chinese Civil War (1927–50)
  • Spanish Civil War (1936–39)
  • Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–45)
  • Second World War (1939–45)

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Adkins, Yolanda. Skirt Patrol: Women's Army Corps, Army of the United States. New York: Vantage Press, Inc., 1993.
Aleksievich, Svetlana. War's Unwomanly Face. Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1988.
Old Waves Tales: Navy Women: Memories of World War II, Edited by Marie Bennett Alsmeyer. Conway, AR: HAMBA Books, 1982.
Alsmeyer, Marie Bennett. The Way of the Waves: Women in the Navy. Conway, AK: HAMBA Books, 1981.
Veterans History Project. Washington DC, 2000.
Andreas-Friedrich, Ruth. Battleground Berlin: Diaries, 1945-1948. New York : Paragon House, 1990.
Andreas-Friedrich, Ruth. Berlin Underground 1938–1945. London: Latimer, 1948.
Anomymous, and [Marta Hillers]. A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary. New York: Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt, 2005.
War and Women Across Continents: Autobiographical and Biographical Experiences, Edited by Shirley Ardener, Fiona Armitage-Woodward and Lidia Dina Sciama. New York: Berghahn Books, 2016.
Arendt, Hannah. Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. New York: Viking Press, 1963.
Aubrac, Lucie. Outwitting the Gestapo. Lincoln, NE, USA: University of Nebraska Press, 1993.
Avericheva, Sofʹi︠a︡. Dnevnik Razvedchit︠s︡y. Moskva: Voen. izd-vo, 1986.
Bearmon, Jeanne Goldoff, and Mary O. 'Brien Tyrrell. Coming Back to Myself: A Memoir of Jeanne Goldoff Bearmon. St. Paul, MN: Memoirs, Inc., 2008.
Bek, Anna Nikolaevna. The Life of a Russian Woman Doctor: A Siberian Memoir, 1869-1954, Edited by Anne Dickason Rassweiler. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004.
Beker, Sonia Pauline. Symphony on Fire: A Story of Music and Spiritual Resistance during the Holocaust. New Milford, NJ: Wordsmithy, 2007.
Bell, Iris, and Charlie Briggs. Los Alamos WAACs/WACs, World War II, 1943-1946. Sarasota, FL: Coastal Printing, Inc. , 1993.
Bernadac, Christian. The Naked Puppets: Auschwitz. Geneva: Ferni Pub. House : Distributed by Friends of History, 1978.
Bielenberg, Christabel. The Past is Myself. London: Chatto & Windus, 1968.
Birnie, Lisa Hobbs. In Mania's Memory. [Vancouver]: Read Leaf, 2010.
Bobrow, Abram, Julia Bobrow, and Stephen Edward Paper. Voices From the Forest: The True Story of Abram and Julia Bobrow. Bloomington, IN: 1st Books, 2004.
Boccardo, Aline. Sternbild der Freiheit: Tagebuch einer Flucht. Frauenfeld ; Stuttgart Wien: Huber, 2007.
Boll, Irene. Erinnerungen an das inhaltsreiche Leben einer körperbehinderten Ärztin und Hämatologin. Herzogenrath, Germany: Verlag Murken-Altrogge, 2004.
Boulle, Georges, and Pierre Le Goyet. Le Corps expéditionnaire français en Italie 1943-1944, par le lieutenant-colonel Georges Boulle. Paris: Imprint nationale, 1971.
Bowman, Phylis. We Skirted the War!. Prince Rupert, BC: P. Bowman, 1975.
Brenner, Rachel Feldhay. Writing as Resistance: Four Women Confronting the Holocaust: Edith Stein, Simone Weil, Anne Frank, Etty Hillesum. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997.
Bridgers, Jean Johnson. Stand in for a Soldier. Austin: Eakin Press, 1997.
Brodsky, Alexandra Fanny. Smoke Signals: From Eminence to Exile. London; New York: Radcliffe Press, distributed by St. Martin's Press, 1997.
Brown, Birdie E. Face it with a Smile. New York: Vantage Press, 1976.
Burrell, Prudence Burns. Hathaway. Detroit, Mich.: Harlo Press, 1997.
Butler, Elizabeth Allen. Navy Waves. Charlottesville, Va.: Wayside Press, 1988.
Butterworth, Miriam. Lull before the Storm : Germany in the Summer of 1938. Simsbury, Connecticut: Antrim House, 2017.
Camp, LaVonne Telshaw. Lingering Fever: a World War II Nurse's Memoir. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1996.
Carl, Ann B. A WASP Among Eagles: A Woman Military Test Pilot in World War II. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1999.
Cassidy, Anneliese. Oma: Life on the Other Side of the Atlantic. Lonsdale, MN: Self-published, 2003.

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