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Different Horrors, Same HellDifferent Horrors, Same Hell: Gender and the Holocaust
Co-editors, Myrna Goldenberg* and Amy H. Shapiro

Paperback: $30. 300 pp., 8 illustrations, notes, bibliography, index, 6x9 inches
Publisher: Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2013
ISBN-10: 0295992433
ISBN-13: 978-0295992433

From the Press: "Different Horrors, Same Hell: Gender and the Holocaust brings together a variety of essays demonstrating the breadth of contributions that feminist theory and gender. The collection provides new perspectives on central works of Holocaust scholarship and representation, from the books of Hannah Arendt and Ruth Kluger to films such as Claude Lanzmann's Shoah and Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List. Interviews with survivors and their descendants draw new attention to the significance of women's roles and family structures during and in the aftermath of the Holocaust, and interviews and archival research reveal the undercurrents of sexual violence within the Final Solution. As Doris Bergen shows in the book's first chapter, the focus on women's and gender issues in this collection 'complicates familiar and outworn categories, and humanizes the past in powerful ways.'"

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface: Elizabeth Minnich

Introduction: Myrna Goldenberg and Amy H. Shapiro, co-editors

Section I: History of Feminist Theory and Gender Analysis of the Holocaust
Chapter 1: "What Do Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Contribute to Understanding the Holocaust?" (Doris Bergen)
Chapter 2: "Philosophy in the Feminine and the Holocaust Witness: Hannah Arendt and Sarah Kofman" (Dorota Glowacka)
Chapter 3: "Simone Weil: A French Jewish Intellectual Journey in the 1930s and 1940s" (Rochelle L. Millen)
Chapter 4: "Patriarchy, Objectification, and Violence against Women in Schindlerís List and Angry Harvest" (Amy H. Shapiro)
Chapter 5: "Sex-Based Violence and the Politics and Ethics of Survival" (Myrna Goldenberg)

Section II: Practice of Feminist Theory and Gender Analysis of the Holocaust
Chapter 6: "From Pulp to Palimpsest: Witnessing and Re-Imagining through the Arts" (Bjorn Krondorfer with Karen Baldner)
Chapter 7: "The Nazi Assault on the Jewish Soul through the Murder of the Jewish Mother" (David Patterson)
Chapter 8: "Wiedervereiningung Ersehend: Gender and the Holocaust Fate of the Müller and Gittler Families" (Suzanne Brown-Fleming)
Chapter 9: "The Kindertransport: Gender and the Rescue of Jewish Children 1938-39" (Mary J. Gallant)
Chapter 10: "Survivor Mothers and their Daughters: The Hidden Legacy of the Holocaust (Gaby R. Glassman)
Chapter 11: "Talking to Ruth Klüger" (Britta Frede-Wenger)

*Myrna Goldenberg is a Remember the Women Institute Advisory Board member

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