Sexual Abuse of Women in Auschwitz-Birkenau

TitleSexual Abuse of Women in Auschwitz-Birkenau
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsShik, Na'ama
EditorHerzog, Dagmar
Book TitleBrutality and Desire: War and Sexuality in Europe’s Twentieth Century
Pagination221 - 246
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

This book chapter explores several important questions in respect of the subject of sexual violence and the Holocaust. These questions include, if it is appropriate for a historian to try and decipher the reality she wishes to describe? Are the well-established rules and methodologies of historical inquiry sufficient? Can the experiences of these women be recounted by scholars who did not stumble out of their shattered realities, who did not experience the extreme loss, all the more incomprehensible as it involved loss of a sense of self? Is it not preferable to leave the camp behind, to let the wounds heal and the screams be cried out, and to allow death to perish?

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