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Author: Mor Presiado

Title: A new perspective on Holocaust art

Subtitle: Women’s artistic expression of the female Holocaust experience (1939–49)

Journal: Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History

Volume: 22

Issue: 4

Year: 2016 (Published online: July 5, 2016)

Pages: 417-446

ISSN: 1750-4902 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 2048-4887 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | Representations: Art / 20th-Century Art; Types: Genocidal Rape / The Holocaust


Link: Taylor & Francis Online (Restricted Access)


Author: Mor Presiado, Department of Jewish Art, Bar-Ilan, ResearchGate

Abstract: »Since the second half of the 1970s, a corpus of studies focusing on the history of women during the Holocaust has been produced. These studies assert that even though Jewish women shared the annihilation threat with the men, Jewish women also underwent unique experiences resulting from their female physiology, their female socialization, and the National Socialist Weltanschauung directed against them. These different experiences were also expressed visually in numerous works of art made by women during the Holocaust era (1939–49). Their art is rife with images of pregnancy, motherhood, feminine crafts such as domestic chores, cooking, female solidarity and mutual assistance, loss of femininity, and sexual violence. This article focuses especially on women’s artistic expression of three of these topics: mutual assistance among women, loss of femininity, and sexual violence, all of which have received little attention in Holocaust art research.« (Source: Holocaust Studies)

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