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)

Advanced Keyword Search

Previous | War Periods | Next


Displaying 121 - 160 of 234
Lehtmets, Ann, and Douglas Hoile. Sentence: Siberia - A Story of Survival. Hartwell, Australia: Sid Harta Publishers, 1994.
Lengyel, Olga. Five Chimneys: A Woman Survivor's True Story of Auschwitz. Chicago: Academy Chicago Publishers, 1947.
Leslie, Anita. Train to Nowhere: One Woman's War, Ambulance Driver, Reporter, Liberator. London: Bloomsbury Caravel, 2017.
Yizkor Books. New York, NY.
Little, Lester Knox. The Chinese Journals of L.K. Little, 1943-1954: An Eyewitness Account of War and Revolution In The making of modern China, Edited by Chihyun Chang. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.
Lothe, Jakob. Time's Witnesses: Women's Voices from the Holocaust. Edinburgh: Fledgling Press, 2017.
Lynn, Vera. Some Sunny Day: My Autobiography. London: HarperCollins, 2009.
MacGregor, Mildred A. World War II Front Line Nurse. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2008.
Mahr, Cordula. Kriegsliteratur von Frauen? Zur Darstellung des zweiten Weltkriegs in Autobiographien von Frauen nach 1960 In Frauen in der Literaturgeschichte ;; Bd. 14; Variation: Frauen in der Literaturgeschichte ;; Bd. 14. Herbolzheim: Centaurus Verlag, 2006.
McKechnie, Elspeth. Why Me?. 2nd ed. Hornby: Blaisdon Publishing, 2003.
Merritt, Evelyn, and Lynne Merritt Whelden. How to Play During a War: A Free Spirit's Life in Letters. Canton, PA: Lynne Whelden Productions, 2007.
Meyer, Helga. Under a Leafless Tree: The Story of a Mormon Girl from East Prussia. Bloomington: iUniverse, 2013.
A. Mierzwinska-Harper, Nina. For Polish Freedom: A Partisan Girl's Story. Southampton: Partisan Publications, 2007.
Mihulka, Krystyna, and Krystyna Poray Goddu. Krysia: A Polish Girl's Stolen Childhood During World War II. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2017.
Miller, Grace Porter. Call of Duty: A Montana Girl in World War II. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1999.
Miribel, Elisabeth de. La liberté souffre violence. Paris: Plon, 1981.
Muehlen, Ellen Von zur. In God's Hands: A Noblewoman's Struggle for Survival in War and Revolution. Cornelius, NC: Warren Publishing, 2007.
Neufeld, Justina D. A Family Torn Apart. Kitchener, Canada: Pandora Press, 2003.
Newby, Wanda. Peace and War: Growing up in Fascist Italy. London: Collins, 1991.
Norden, Cornelia. Anamnese: Eine Ärztin aus der DDR erzählt. Gransee, Germany: Ed. Schwarzdruck, 2013.
O'Farrell, Elizabeth Kinzer. WW II- A Navy Nurse Remembers. Tallahassee, FL: CyPress Publications, 2007.
Okubo, Miné. Citizen 13660. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1983.
Orwell, George. Homage to Catalonia. London: Secker & Warburg, 1938.
Ostashevskaia, Galina. Shla na front devochka. Ufa: Kitap, 2009.
Ostrowska, Elżbieta. A Wolność Była Wśród Drutów: Oflag IXc Molsdorf. Warsaw: Państwowe wydawn. nauk., 1991.
Over, Essie. Ad Astra and All That WAAAF. Kalamunda, Australia: Literary Mouse Press, 1996.
Panlilio, Yay, and Denise Cruz. The Crucible: An Autobiography by Colonel Yay, Filipina American Guerrilla. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2010.
Azrieli, Avraham. One Step Ahead: A Mother of Seven Escaping Hitler's Claws. Scottsdale, AZ: Memoir & Biography, 1999.
Parsons, Martyna. Through the Eyes of a Child: Before, During and After World War II in Poland. Coogee, Australia: Martyna Parsons, 2011.
Pavlichenko, Lyudmila. Lady Death: The Memoirs of Stalin's Sniper. London: Greenhill Books, 2018.
Penny, Sabina. A Land Girl's Life: An Autobiography. Southampton: FL Farm Publishing, 2014.
Petrie, Noeline. From Kiwi Land to Tropical Island: Noeline's Story, 1940-1945. Christchurch, New Zealand: Noeline Petrie, 1997.
Pitts, Lucia M. One Negro WAC's Story. Los Angeles: Privately Published, 1968.
Pomykalski, Wanda E. The Horror Trains: A Polish Woman Veteran's Memoir of World War II. Pasadena, MD: Minerva Center, 1999.
Purdy, Verity. As Luck Would Have It: Adventures with the Canadian Army Show, 1943-1946. St. Catharines, ON: Vanwell, 2003.
Quétel, Claude. Femmes dans la guerre, 1939-1945. Paris : Perrin, 1989.

Pages