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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Ruggieri, Mary A. From Japan with Love : 1946-1948. San Rafael, CA: Portsmouth Pub., 2007.
Sanejko-Kwaśnicka, Bronisława. Zapomniane Dziewczęta. Lublin: Oddz. Lubelski Stowarzyszenia "Wspólnota Polska", 1995.
Sarfatti, Margherita. My Fault: Mussolini as I Knew Him. New York: Enigma Books, 2013.
Sarnecky, Mary. A History of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999.
Sato, Kazuko, and Amy Clements Blackburn. Memories I Choose to Keep: A Memoir. [Place of publication not identified]: [publisher not identified], 2009.
Scamaroni, Marie-Claire, and Yves Guéna. Indomptable et Rebelle : Histoire d'une Vie de 1913 à nos Jours. Paris: Ed. Tirésias, 2004.
Schaffer, Cyndee. Mollie's War: The Letters of a World War II WAC in Europe, Edited by Jennifer G. Mathers. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2010.
Scharr, Adela. Sisters in the Sky: The WAFS. Vol. 1. Gerald, MO: Patrice Press, 1986.
Schmidt, Ilse. Die Mitläuferin: Erinnerungen einer Wehrmachtsangehörigen. Berlin: Aufbau, 1999.
Schorer, Avis D. A Half Acre of Hell: A Combat Nurse in WW II. Lakeville, MN: Galde Press, 2000.
See, Phui Yee. My Long March : Eleven Women's Quest for Freedom. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, 2007.
Settle, Mary Lee. All the Brave Promises: Memories of Aircraft Woman 2nd Class 2146391. New York: Delacorte Press, 1966.
Wartime Women: A Anthology of Women's Writing, 1937-1945, Edited by Dorothy Sheridan. London: Heinemann, 1990.
Simmons, Cynthia, and Nina Perlina. Writing the Siege of Leningrad: Women's Diaries, Memoirs, and Documentary Prose In Pitt series in Russian and East European studies; Variation: Series in Russian and East European studies. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002.
Śladewska, Monika. Z Kresów Wschodnich na Zachód. Wrocław: Wydawn. Atla 2, 2001.
Smith, Marian Elizabeth, and Eugene T. Petersen. A Chance for Love : The World War II Letters of Marian Elizabeth Smith and Lt. Eugene T. Petersen, USMCR. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1998.
Smith, Marian Elizabeth, and Eugene T. Petersen. Manchurian Legacy : Memoirs of a Japanese Colonist. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1998.
Smith, Eileen. Why Did We Join? : A Former WAAF Remembers Service Life in World War II. Bognor Regis, West Sussex: Woodfield, 2003.
Son, Adrienne van. Looking for Shangri-La : An Autobiography. Wellington, N.Z.: A. van Son, 2005.
Spratley, Dolores R. Women Go to War : Answering the First Call in World War II. Columbus, OH: Hazelnut Pub. Co., 1992.
Staude, Lorna Staub. Memoirs of an AWAS driver. Naracoorte, SA: Naracoorte Herald, 1989.
Stein, Gertrude. Wars I Have Seen. London: B.T. Batsford Ltd. , 1945.
Voices of the Wisconsin Past: Women Remember the War, 1941-1945, Edited by Michael E. Stevens. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 1993.
Streeter, Ruth, and John T. Mason. Reminiscences of Ruth Cheney Streeter, Colonel-USMCR (Ret.).. Morristown, N.J.: s.n., 1979.
Streeter, Ruth. Tales of an Ancient Marine. Morristown, NJ: s.n., 1834.
FRANKLIN. United States, 2011.
Thiessen, Edna Schroeder, and Angela Showalter. A Life Displaced: A Mennonite Woman's Flight from War-Torn Poland In Mennonite reflections ;; v. 3; Variation: Mennonite reflections ;; v. 3. Kitchener, Ont ; Scottdale, Pa. : Pandora Press ; Herald Press, 2000.
Thompson, Dorothy Davis. The Road Back : A Pacific POW's Liberation Story. Lubbock, TX: Texas Tech Univ. Press, 1996.
Thurston, Doris Joy. A WAC Looks Back : Recollections & Poems of WWII. Stuart, FL: Norvega Press, 1996.
Tillion, Germaine. La traversée du mal: entretiens avec Jean Lacouture, Edited by Jean Lacouture. Paris: Arléa, 1997.

This is the story of an extraordinary woman: at first one of the leaders of the Resistance, heading the Musée de l'homme network, then prisoner from 1942 to 1945 at Ravensbrück. In the 1950s, she focused her ethnological work on Algeria, North Africa, and the whole of the Middle East.

Tillion, Germaine. Ravensbrück. Paris: Seuil, 1973.

Germaine Tillion, a French ethnologist, soon engaged in the Resistance after the armistice. She became one of the main leaders of the “Musée de l’homme” network, and was arrested and sent to Ravensbrück, the only all-female German concentration camp. After her liberation and the end of the war, she worked on researching and documenting the Nazi concentration universe and the psychology of the camps. This book combines eyewitness testimony with historical analysis.

Timofeeva-Egorova, A. A. Red Sky, Black Death : A Soviet Woman Pilot's Memoir of the Eastern Front. Bloomington, IN: Slavica Publishers, 2009.
Torrès, Tereska. Une Française Libre : Journal, 1939-1945. Paris: Phébus, 2000.
Tyrer, Nicola. Sisters in Arms: British Army Nurses Tell their Story. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson,, 2008.
Upīte, Rūta. Dear God, I Wanted to Live. Brooklyn, NY: Grāmatu Draugs, 1978.
Upperton, Winifred. A WAAF Remembers : Service at Home, in Algiers and Cairo. Northbridge, W.A.: Access Press, 1990.
Vagliano-Eloy, Sonia. Les Demoiselles De Gaulle, 1943-1945. Paris: Plon, 1982.
Vancouver Island University. Canadian Letters and Images Project.
Vassiltchikov, Marie. Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945. New York: Vintage Books, 1988.

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