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.
Alsmeyer, Marie Bennett, ed. Old Waves Tales: Navy Women: Memories of World War II. 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. Schauplatz Berlin: Tagebuchaufzeichnungen 1945 bis 1948. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 1984.
Ardener, Shirley, Fiona Armitage-Woodward and Lidia Dina Sciama, eds. War and Women Across Continents: Autobiographical and Biographical Experiences. 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. Translated by Bieber, Konrad. Lincoln, NE, USA: University of Nebraska Press, 1993.
Avericheva, Sofʹi︠a︡. Dnevnik Razvedchit︠s︡y. Moskva: Voen. izd-vo, 1986.
Baumann, Ernst, Hubert de Reynier, and Reinhold Busch. Leiden und Sterben in Kriegslazaretten: Kriegstagebücher aus den Lazaretten von Smolensk, Winter 1941/42. Berlin: Frank Wünsche, 2009.
Bearmon, Jeanne Goldoff, and Mary O. 'Brien Tyrrell. Coming Back to Myself: A Memoir of Jeanne Goldoff Bearmon. St. Paul, MN: Memoirs, Inc., 2008.
Rassweiler, Anne Dickason, ed. Bek, Anna Nikolaevna. The Life of a Russian Woman Doctor: A Siberian Memoir, 1869-1954. 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.
Boorman, John. Hope and Glory. United Kingdom: Columbia Pictures, 1987.
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.
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.
Carl, Ann B. A WASP among Eagles: A Woman Military Test Pilot in World War II. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1999.
Cassidy, Anneliese. Oma : Life on the Other Side of the Atlantic. Unknown: Unknown, 2003.

Self-published autobiography

Chevrillon, Claire. Une résistance ordinaire: septembre 1939-août 1944. Félin: Paris, 1999.

This autobiography covers the period between Germany's declaration of war and the Liberation of Paris. Chevrillon began as a messenger for the Resistance, then became a cryptographer serving under Jean Ayral and Paul Schmidt, liaison officers of the Bureau central de renseignement et d'action (Central Bureau of Information and Action, forerunner to France's modern intelligence service). She was arrested by French police in 1943, handed over to the Gestapo, and incarcerated at Fresnes.

Chrisman, Catherine Bell. My War: W.W. II - As Experienced by One Woman Soldier. Denver: Maverick Publications, 1989.
Clark, Marie Mountain. Dear Mother and Daddy: World War II Letters Home from a WASP. Livonia, MI: First Page Publications, 2005.

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