From Partisan Warfare to Memory Battlefields: Two Women's Stories about the Second World War and Its Aftermath in Lithuania

TitleFrom Partisan Warfare to Memory Battlefields: Two Women's Stories about the Second World War and Its Aftermath in Lithuania
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsBudrytė, Dovilė
JournalGender & History
Volume28
Issue3
Pagination754 - 774
Date Published11/2016
Abstract

This article explores how women fighters tell their stories in relation to the dominant state narratives about a partisan war. In addition to engaging their individual stories, it explores how they speak, write and act as memory entrepreneurs, creating collective memory about a past that they have experienced instead of allowing others to select actors and events for historical narratives. It argues that memory regimes and gender cultures are intertwined, and that gender cultures are essential in understanding the cultural choices made by memory entrepreneurs in memory making. The article analyses the oral testimonies and written memoirs of two women, Rakhel' Margolis and Aldona Vilutienė ( neé Sabaitytė), who were partisans in Lithuania during the Second World War (Margolis) and its aftermath (Vilutienė) and created the first museums dealing with the Second World War and its legacy in post-Soviet Lithuania. Read as stories about what it was like to be a woman during a partisan war, the narratives include some common themes: widespread betrayal, the difficult physical conditions that they had to endure as women and the vulnerability that came with these experiences. Read as stories told by memory entrepreneurs, the narratives reveal that the two women acted as mnemonic warriors fighting for competing memory regimes built on opposing gender ideologies. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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