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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Kelsey, Marion. Victory Harvest: Diary of a Canadian in the Women's Land Army, 1940-1944. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1997.
Kerer, Hilde, and Thomas Hanifle. Ich War ein Blitzmädel : Frauenkameradschaft in der Wehrmacht. Bozen: Rætia, 2014.
Kern, Ilse. Looking Back. Nokomis, United States: Hauert Press, 2004.
Kerr, Dorothy Brewer. The Girls behind the Guns : With the ATS in World War II. London: R. Hale, 1990.
Killius, Rosemarie. Frauen für die Front : Gespräche mit Wehrmachtshelferinnen. Leipzig: Militzke, 2003.
Kirstein, Emma. Aus schwerer Zeit : Tagebuch, Ostpreussen 1945. Bonn: Kulturstiftung der Deutschen Vertriebenen, 1995.
Klassen, Pamela E. Going by the Moon and the Stars: Stories of Two Russian Mennonite Women. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1994.
Klein, Yvonne. Beyond the Home Front: Women's Autobiographical Writing of the Two World Wars. New York: New York University Press, 1997.
Klüger, Ruth. Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered. New York: Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2001.
Kochendoerfer, Violet A. One Woman's World War II. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1994.
Kollontai, A. 1872-1952. The Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman. New York: Herder and Herder, 1971.
Konstantinova, Ina Aleksandro, Kazimiera Janina Cottam, and Nikolai Vissariono Masolov. The Girl from Kashin : Soviet Women in Resistance in World War II. Manhattan, KS: MA/AH Pub., 1984.
Lambkin, Romie. My Time in the War : An Irishwoman's Diary. Dublin: Wolfhound Press, 1992.
Langer, Rulka. The Mermaid and the Messerschmitt: War through a Woman's Eyes, 1939–1940. Los Angeles: Aquila Polonica, 2009.
Laska, Vera. Women in the Resistance and in the Holocaust : The Voices of Eyewitnesses. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1983.
Leazenby, Betty Cole. My Military Life. Indianapolis: Betty Cole Leazenby, 1985.
Lehtmets, Ann, and Douglas Hoile. Sentence : Siberia. Hartwell: Sid Harta Publishers, 2002.
Lengyel, Olga. Five Chimneys: A Woman Survivor's True Story of Auschwitz. Chicago: Academy Chicago Publishers, 1995.
Leslie, Anita, and Penny Perrick. Train to Nowhere: One Woman's War, Ambulance Driver, Reporter, Liberator. London: Bloomsbury Caravel, 2017.
Yizkor Books. New York, NY.
Litoff, Judy Barrett, and David C. Smith. We're in This War, Too : World War II Letters from American Women in Uniform. New York ; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994.
Liubovych, Uliana. Woman in Exile: My Life in Kazakhstan, Edited by Marie Chmilewsky Ulanowicz. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, Inc., 1969.
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: M. A. MacGregor, 2006.
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.
Mandelshtam, Nadezhda. Hope Abandoned. New York: Atheneum, 1974.
McKechnie, Elspeth. Why Me?. Hornby: Blaisdon Publishing, 2003.
P. McKenzie, Gayle, Ginny Belcourt Todd, and Muriel Stanley Venne. Our Women in Uniform. Calgary, Alberta: Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women, 2003.
McMaster University. Peace and War in the 20th Century. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
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 LLC, 2013.
mihulka, krystyna, and krystyna Poray Goddu. Krysia: A Polish Girl's Stolen Childhood during World War II. New York: Routeledge, 2017.
Miller, Grace Porter. Call of Duty : A Montana Girl in World War II. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1998.
Miribel, Elisabeth de. La liberté souffre violence. Paris: Plon, 1981.

Élisabeth de Miribel came from a family of strong Catholic tradition. At the beginning of World War II, she volunteered to help the French Foreign Ministry with its ”economic war,” and was sent to London. After the French armistice with Germany, she decided not to return to France. In London, she was asked to type Charles de Gaulle’s celebrated June 18, 1940 speech asking the French people to resist, and subsequently became his personal secretary. In 1942, she was sent to Quebec to rally Canadians to the French cause and raise funds.

Moon, Vera. Cut Lunch Commando. Buchan, VIC: Estate of Vera Moon, 2011.
Muehlen, Ellen Von zur. In God's Hands: A Noblewoman's Struggle for Survival in War and Revolution. Cornelius, NC: Warren Pub., 2007.