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New article about comfort women and sexual violence during World War II on Women's eNews
"Dancing Towards Remembrance":
Seventy years ago this week, four women prisoners took part in an act of heroic resistance at Auschwitz, for which they were later hanged. Ala Gertner, Roza Robota, Regina Szafirsztajn, and Estera Wajcblum, all Polish Jews, were instrumental in smuggling gunpowder from a munitions factory to leaders of the underground in Birkenau, the adjacent camp. Their co-conspirators managed to blow up a crematorium, damaging it beyond repair so it was never used again.
Remember the Women Institute's work on sexual violence during the
Holocaust is featured in this Haaretz article by Marisa Fox Bevilacqua,
which also ran in the print edition of this prestigious Israeli
newspaper on June 20, 2014. Please note several corrections: The 2012 symposium on sexual violence
was co-sponsored by Remember the Women Institute and the USC Shoah
Foundation. Drs. Hedgepeth and Saidel did not commission research for
their book, but sought out scholars working on the issue to contribute
chapters. Manya Horowitz's USC Shoah Foundation testimony was discovered
by Remember the Women Institute's education consultant Karen Shulman and
then excerpted as a short video presentation for the 2012 symposium. Dr.
Saidel was sole founder of Remember the Women Institute.
This article by Marisa Fox Bevilacqua, which also ran in the print
version of Haaretz on May 30, 2014, discusses Israeli artist Gil Yefman's work on sexual violence during the Holocaust, as well as
Remember the Women Institute's related event and research.
In an article in Women's eNews, Rochelle G. Saidel provides details about Germaine Tillion and Genevieve de Gaulle, two heroines of the French resistance who were prisoners in Ravensbrück and will be interred in the Pantheon.
Congratulations, Gloria Steinem, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
The Women Under Siege website of the Women's Media Center has announced a list of "must read" books on sexualized violence during war. Sexual Violence against Jewish Women during the Holocaust is one of the recommended books. Learn more.
In a March 2013 op-ed blog article in the Times of Israel, Rochelle G. Saidel reflected on false accusations against Israel and her own positive experience in Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.
The Winter 2013, No. 3 issue of Kavod, an e-journal for caregivers of elderly Holocaust survivors, features an article entitled "Urgently Seeking Survivors of Sexual Violence during the Holocaust," by Rochelle G. Saidel.
A special issue of Mizkor, the journal of the umbrella organization for all Holocaust organizations in Israel, featured a story about the work of Remember the Women Institute on sexual violence. This Hebrew language journal had women and the Holocaust as its theme for this edition.
Read The American Jewish World's article on Sonja Hedgepeth's World Without Genocide lecture (PDF)
Read Rochelle Saidel's article on memorials for victims of sexual violence on Women's eNews
President Obama's speech at Holocaust Museum addresses sexual violence
Reviews of Mielec, Poland: Joyce Field in Shofar. Sandee Brawarsky in New York Jewish Week
Gloria Steinem praises Sexual Violence book at Jewish Women's Archive Annual Luncheon
Sexual Violence Against Jewish Women during the Holocaust is National Jewish Book Award finalist
Jewish Foundation for the Righteous chooses Sexual Violence against Women during the Holocaust as book of the month for February
Read about sexual violence during the Holocaust on CNN.com
Hear Rochelle G. Saidel interview on CBC/Radio-Canada's As It Happens
Sexual violence book recognized internationally
Cynthia Cooper's article on Holocaust and rape on Women's eNews
International Women's Day edition of Brasil Economico quotes Rochelle Saidel
Hadassah-Brandeis Institute promotes Remember the Women
Jerusalem Post publishes article on rape and the Holocaust
Read "Struggling to Be Heard" article about sexual violence, published in The Forward, March 16, 2011
Women's Review of Books, Rochelle Ruthchild's review essay of Sexual Violence
Forward published article on Judy Chicago
Catholic Digest May 2010 issue has article on concentration camp recipe books
The Voice of Piotrokow Survivors featured passages from The Jewish Women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp
Gedenksätten Rundbrief features news about theRavensbrück Summer University
Mann About Town magazine article features Remember the Women Institute
"Women Violated in War Denied Memorials"
Read Rochelle Saidel's article as published in Women's eNews, May 29, 2012.
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President Obama's speech on April 23, 2012 at Holocaust Museum addresses sexual violence
Read Rochelle Saidel's essay as posted by Women Under Siege Project and Women's eNews. See Washington Post slideshow.
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New York Jewish Week Sandy Brawarsky review of Mielec, Poland
In the April 10, 2012 issue of the New York Jewish Week, Sandee Brawarsky, Jewish Week Book Critic, wrote: "Rochelle Saidel, founder and executive director of the Remember the Women Institute, documents the history of a Jewish community that was wiped out in a single day in a particular Nazi experiment, in Mielec, Poland: The Shtetl that Became a Nazi Concentration Camp (Gefen). On March 9, 1942, Nazis dismantled the southern Polish town, executing the elderly, deporting the able-bodied for slave labor and transporting the rest to Lublin, where they were later murdered in concentration camps. Soon after, the Nazis took over a Polish aircraft factory on the outskirts of the town and created a concentration camp. Powerfully presented, the book is based on rare photographs and documents, survivor testimony (few were able to escape) and war criminal transcripts."
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Jewish Women's Archive Annual Luncheon
Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel and Karen Shulman represented Remember the Women Institute at the annual luncheon of the Jewish Women's Archive, held on March 18, 2012, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York. Gloria Steinem, in her remarks as the award presenter at the luncheon, singled out Sexual Violence against Jewish Women during the Holocaust and its co-editors, Dr. Saidel and Dr. Sonja M. Hedgepeth, for praise as a groundbreaking work that inspired her to create a website about sexual violence during conflict, Women Under Siege. The honorees at the event, who received "Making Trouble/Making History" Awards, are Elizabeth A. Sackler, Rebecca Traister, and Letty Cottin Pogrebin.
Pictured at the luncheon are Gloria Steinem and Rochelle G. Saidel.
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Sexual Violence against Jewish Women during
the Holocaust Announced as National Jewish Book Award Finalist
Remember the Women Institute is pleased to announce that Sexual Violence
against Jewish Women during the Holocaust (eds Sonja M. Hedgepeth and
Rochelle G. Saidel) has been designated a finalist for the National Jewish
Book Awards for 2011 for the category of Women's Studies (sponsored by
Barbara Dobkin). See a list of all winners
and finalists in all categories. The 2011 winners are being honored
at the 61st Annual National Jewish Book Awards ceremony on Wednesday,
March 14, 2012, at the Center for Jewish History,
15 West 16th Street, New York City, at 8:00pm. The event, hosted by:
Samuel G. Freedman and Abigail Pogrebin, is free and open to the public.
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Sexual Violence Book Recognized Internationally
In addition to reviews and commentary in English-language media, Sexual
Violence against Jewish Women during the Holocaust has been recognized
in Portuguese, Hebrew, Swedish, and Dutch media. On July 16, 2011, Época,
a leading weekly news magazine in Brazil, featured a story (in Portuguese)
on sexual violence during war and an interview with Rochelle Saidel.
The article (PDF, 212KB), by Letícia
Sorg, discusses rape as a weapon of war in the Holocaust and during other
wars and genocides. The magazine also has a more in-depth interview with
Dr. Saidel as part of a blog about women.
Israeli newspaper Haaretz posted an article on its English-language site on March
21, 2011; and Y-Net, the American news
website of Israeli newspaper Yediot Achronot published an article in
Hebrew that month.
Sonja Hedgepeth and Rochelle Saidel were interviewed in Manhattan in March 2011,
by Swedish journalist Johanna Koljonen, and an article (in Swedish) appeared
on March 25 in Fokus, a cultural magazine in Stockholm.
Nieuw Israelietisch Weekblad, the Jewish magazine of the Netherlands, featured
a story (in Dutch) on January 21, 2011, about Sexual Violence against
Jewish Women during the Holocaust. Written by journalist Leontine Veerman,
the story was part of the magazine's commemoration of Holocaust Memorial
Day on January 27.
The mass circulation weekly Brazilian news magazine Época had a July 16, 2011 article (in Portuguese) that featured an interview with Rochelle G. Saidel about her work on sexual violence during the Holocaust. The electronic version requires a subscription, but a related blog (in Portuguese) can be read at http://colunas.epoca.globo.com/mulher7por7/2011/07/16/violencia-sexual-na-guerra-terror-no-holocausto/.
Catalina Prieto, the international producer for W Radio Colombia, an international Spanish-language radio station that belongs to Prisa media in Spain (owners of CNN en español, El Pais, and Canal Plus), interviewed Rochelle G. Saidel on August 5, 2011, for the talk show "W Fin de Semana." The program is broadcast in Spanish to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, South Florida, Orlando, Texas, and also Panama, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, and Spain, with an estimated audience of more than 2,000,000 people. The interview dealt with the rape of women during the Holocaust and World War II.
Women in Judaism: An Interdisciplinary Journal, a Canadian journal available electronically, has a review by Rachel Silverman of Sexual Violence against Jewish Women during the
Holocaust in Issue Volume 8: No. 1.
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Cooper's article on Holocaust and Rape on Women's eNews
May 30, 2011
The rape and sexual abuse of Jewish women during the Holocaust have been long overlooked. But when researchers probed, stories began to emerge as if they were old photographic film waiting for the right chemicals...
Read the entire article.
This article by Cynthia Cooper from Women's eNews was reprinted in the
Jewish Journal and the English website edition of Haaretz. Please see Holocaust
women’s rape breaks decades of taboo and
Holocaust Museum studies rape of Jewish women in the Holocaust.
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March 10, 2011
Special International Women's Day edition of the Brasil Econômico newpaper in Sao Paulo quotes Rochelle Saidel about women and the upheavals in the Middle East.
View pdf file.
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Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University, Publicizes Sexual Violence against Jewish Women during the Holocaust, a screening of Grace Paley: Collected Shorts, and the "Shattering Shame and Silence" article in the Jerusalem Post.
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Jerusalem Post publishes "Shattering the Shame and Silence: Sexual Violence during the Holocaust and Other Genocides"
by Sonja M. Hedgepeth and Rochelle G. Saidel
As the United Nations observes Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, 2011, we should be mindful to include the history of sexual violence against Jewish women during that genocide. Especially because this year's theme is "Women and the Holocaust: Courage and Compassion," it is appropriate to call attention to that neglected aspect of Holocaust history.
Jewish victims were among the women subjected to sexual abuse during the Holocaust and World War II. However, sexual violence against Jewish women has always been hidden in plain view. Eyewitness accounts can be found in the archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, Israel, and the International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen, Germany. This type of brutality is included in some memoirs and reports, as well as in documentary films and literature. In addition, more than one thousand testimonies housed in the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education mention rape and "coerced sexual activities," by Nazis and their collaborators, as well as by other Jews, non-Jews, and liberators. These assaults took place in ghettos, in hiding, and in concentration camps. Nevertheless, the subject has been swept under the rug, ignored, or denied for more than 65 years. Read the entire article.
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Women's Review of Books, Rochelle Ruthchild's review essay of Sexual
"The Holocaust remains a largely male story, although women were probably the majority of its victims. Its most well-known
chroniclers, from historians to survivors, have been overwhelmingly of the XY type, and their accounts largely reflect the male
experience of this horrific time. Even after the explosion of gender studies, in most Holocaust scholarship women are an afterthought....
"If women's Holocaust experience has been marginalized, the topic of sexual violence, an issue
still surrounded by taboos, silence, and shame, is even more so. If it is discussed in the context of the war and the Holocaust, the main focus is the rape of German women by Soviet soldiers, especially toward the end of World War II. The subject of
sexual violence by Jewish men against Jewish women in the camps is especially unthinkable. At least one scholar dismissed the idea completely, claiming that in the camps women were too malnourished to be sexually attractive to anyone.
"For these reasons, among others, Rochelle Saidel and Sonja Hedgepeth’s Sexual Violence Against Jewish Women During the Holocaust is a significant addition to the scholarly literature. Dedicated to all those who experienced sexual violence during this period—'those who were silenced, those who have spoken out, and those who have chosen to remain
silent,' it is a comprehensive review of the subject."
Read the full review (PDF 314 KB), reprinted courtesy of Women's Review of Books.
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Forward Publishes Article on Judy Chicago,
October 13, 2010
"Judy Chicago Led the Way in Artistically Portraying Sexual Violence Against Women During the Holocaust"
By Rochelle G. Saidel and Sonja M. Hedgepeth.
A panel in Chicago’s “The Four Questions”
While walking through “Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism,” at the Jewish Museum in New York, one artist stood out for her intensity and, this fall, her visibility.
In addition to “Shifting the Gaze,” groundbreaking feminist artist Judy Chicago has works in a one-woman show and in another group show in New York this fall, along with her “Dinner Party,” on permanent display at the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. ...
Read entire article: http://www.forward.com/articles/132148/#ixzz12kEW8SEv
More information on Judy Chicago.
series (part of her “Holocaust Project”) depicts
sterilization and asks, “Who
Controls Our Human
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Catholic Digest May 2010 Issue Has Article on Concentration Camp Recipe Books
An article entitled "In Memory's Kitchen" in the Catholic
Digest May 2010 issue by Dirk Van Susteren discusses the phenomenon
of women and girls who traded recipes and made recipe books in concentration
camps. The article quotes Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel, Executive Director of
Remember the Women Institute, as well as Advisory Board members Dr. Elizabeth
Baer and Dr. Myrna Goldenberg. The Institute helped the journalist to find
sources for his excellent article.
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The Voice of Piotrokow Survivors
The Voice of Piotrokow Survivors, May – June 2009, featured passages from The Jewish Women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp by Rochelle G. Saidel. This periodical edited by Ben Giladi reprinted from the book Dr. Saidel's interview with Tova (Guta) Flatto Giladi. Photos of Guta, her parents, and their home in Piotrokow are part of the coverage.
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Gedenkstätten Rundbrief, No. 147, February 2009, features news about the Ravensbrück Summer University held at the memorial in September 2008, where Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel presented a paper. There is also a photograph of Dr. Saidel with Dr. Helga Amesberger, a senior researcher at the Institute of Conflict Research in Vienna, as well as Carolyn Gammon, a researcher and writer in Berlin, and Dr. Sonja M. Hedgepeth of Middle Tennessee State University (see below). The periodical is published by Stiftung Topographie des Terrors in Berlin, and offers news from the various memorial institutions in Germany.
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Mann About Town Magazine Article Features Remember the Women Institute
The November 2008 edition of Mann About Town magazine features Remember the Women Institute, with an article detailing some of the Institute's history and projects. Dedicated to “living well in New York,” the magazine highlights people, projects, and events of interest to New Yorkers. We were pleased to be featured alongside Michael Feinstein, Neshama Carlebach, and others, and thank Jeff Mann, president and executive editor, and Jacqueline Ruiz, managing editor.
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