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Author: Annabelle Baldwin

Title: Sexual Violence and the Holocaust

Subtitle: Reflections on Memory and Witness Testimony

Journal: Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History

Volume: 16

Issue: 3

Year: Winter 2010

Pages: 112-134

ISSN: 1359-1371 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 2048-4887 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | German History | Victims: Testimonies, Trauma


Link: Taylor & Francis Online (Restricted Access)


Author: Annabelle Baldwin, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Monash University


»This study looks at the intersection of Holocaust trauma and memory and that of sexual violence. It focuses on the psychological aftermath of sexual violence as described by survivors of the Holocaust in the Shoah Foundation Institute's Visual History Archive. It examines how female Australian survivors articulate their experiences of rape or sexual molestation and how they have struggled to cope with the memory of these experiences. It discusses the concept of “silence” as both an obstacle and as an agent of coping, and examines survivors' own interpretations of their experiences five decades on.« (Source: Holocaust Studies)

»The article discusses the testimony of Holocaust survivors in living in Australia who experienced sexual violence. Particular focus is given to the psychological trauma associated with their experiences. According to the author, the concept of silence surrounding sexual violence in the Holocaust was at once a way for survivors to cope and an obstacle in their attempts to heal. Details related to the verbal and physical language used by survivors to convey their experiences are also presented.« (Source: Historical Abstracts)


  Introduction (p. 112)
  Silence: An Obstacle and An Agent of Coping (p. 116)
  Interpreting and Categorising Memories of Sexual Violence during the Holocaust (p. 123)
  Conclusion (p. 129)
  Notes (p. 130)

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