Elder 2014 Prostitutes

Title Information

Author: Sace Elder

Title: Prostitutes, Respectable Women, and Women from "Outside"

Subtitle: The Carl Grossmann Sexual Murder Case in Postwar Berlin

In: Crime and Criminal Justice in Modern Germany

Edited by: Richard F. Wetzell

Place: Oxford and New York

Publisher: Berghahn Books

Year: 2014

Pages: 185-206

Series: Studies in German History 16

ISBN-13: 9781782382461 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781782382478 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | German History | Cases: Offenders / Carl Großmann; Types: Lust Murder

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Author: Sace E. Elder, Center for Translational Humanities, Eastern Illinois University

Abstract: »Arrested in August 1921 and tried a year later, Carl Grossmann was accused of having murdered as many as twenty women in his appartment; it was widely concluded that the murders had been sexually motivated. By focusing on the gap between press narratives and witness narratives, Sace Elder's chapter illuminates the social history and the cultural construction of crime, gender, and class in postwar Berlin. Whereas the press maraginalized Grossmann's victims as prostitutes or hapless country girls, the narratives of female witnesses reveal that Grossmann's victims represented a cross-section of women from his neighborhood, including married women and mothers. The fact that these women accompanied Grossmann to his apartment in the hope of employment, a handout, or trading sex for money thus reveals working-class women's dire circumstances rather that a criminal subculture of pimps and prostitutes. As Elder shows, the neighbors' failure to intervene when they heard screams coming from Grossmann's apartment also reveals a broad cultural acceptance of violence against women among the urban working class.« [Source: Richard F. Wetzell. »Introduction. Crime and Criminal Justice in Modern Germany.« Crime and Criminal Justice in Modern Germany. Edited by Richard F. Wetzell. Oxford: 2014: 12-13]

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Added: December 21, 2013 | Last updated: December 21, 2013