The Memory of Violence: Soviet and East European Mennonite Refugees and Rape in the Second World War

TitleThe Memory of Violence: Soviet and East European Mennonite Refugees and Rape in the Second World War
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsEpp, Marlene
JournalJournal of Women's History
Volume9
Issue1
Pagination58-87
Abstract

Although contemporary studies of sexual violence against women are becoming more prevalent, until recently, historians have given slight treatment to the topic of rape. Even less examined is the issue of wartime rape, although media exposés of widespread rape in the Bosnian conflict have similarly heightened contemporary awareness of rape as an integral part of military conflict, both as random incident and systematic strategy. While the media focus on Bosnia-Herzegovina in the early 1990s may leave the impression that wartime rape is a recent phenomenon, increasing scholarly knowledge of this history demonstrates the large scale raping of women which occurred during conflicts in Bangladesh, Vietnam, and both world wars. This paper focuses on wartime rape as remembered by Mennonite refugees who experienced the Soviet advance into Eastern Europe in the latter months and aftermath of the Second World War.

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