Author: Irina Rebrova
Title: Women's Traumatic Experience at World War II
Subtitle: The Soviet case
Journal: Kaleidoscope: Művelődés-, Tudomány- és Orvostörténeti Folyóirat / Journal of History of Culture, Science and Medicine
ISSN: 2062-2597 – Find a Library: Open Access Journal
Link: Kaleidoscope (Free Access)
»This article highlights the problem of women and the war from the perspective of traumatic nature of female experience. The official policy of memory of World War II in the Soviet Union did not include women's experience of sexual violence because it can break the concept of glorification of winners-Soviet soldiers. Women who experienced the attempts of sexism and sex violence at war became the hostages of the official politics of memory in the peacetime and thus they were forced to “work through their past”. Ideological slogans of the Soviet time became the part of the collective memory and were reflected in the personal memory. Thanks to the stories of participants and witnesses of World War II the new war images and concepts are formed which can be included in the cultural memory about the war nowadays.
Added: January 24, 2015 – Last updated: January 24, 2015