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Author: Erin Elizabeth Bell

Title: ‘For All This We Thank the Führer’

Subtitle: Bio-politics and the Bare Life in A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary

Journal: Lilith: A Feminist History Journal

Volume: -

Issue: 20

Year: 2014

Pages: 34-47

ISSN: 0813-8990 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | European History: German History, Russian History | Cases: Victims / Marta Hillers; Types: Wartime Rape / Second World War


Link: Informit (Restricted Access)


Abstract: »This article's primary focus is to theorise and historicise war rape through a discussion of the mass rape of German women in Berlin by Russian soldiers at the end of World War II. These events and their ramifications are documented in the anonymously-written text titled A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City. A Diary. I offer a series of close readings of the events detailed within the diary, building an understanding of them by referring to key theoretical concepts from the bio-political theories of Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben. Ultimately, I will argue that 'gender-blind' theories of bio-control should be modified to address how mechanisms of control such as war rape are enacted upon differently-sexed bodies, as evidenced in this anonymously-written text.« (Source: Informit)

Wikipedia: Marta Hillers: A Woman in Berlin; Wartime sexual violence: Soviet war crimes, World War II