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Speaker: Elizabeth Anthony

Title: Representations of sexual violence in the records of the ITS Digital Archive

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Conference: Fifth International Multi-disciplinary Conference at the Imperial Museum London: Beyond Camps and Forced Labour: Current International Research on Survivors of Nazi Persecution (January 7-9, 2015)

Session: Panel 21: The International Tracing Service Digital Collection: expanding research possibilities

Place: Imperial War Museum, London, United Kingdom

Date: January 9, 2015

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | European History: German History | Types: Forced Prostitution / German Camp Brothels in World War II


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Abstract: »The array of documents in the ITS digital archive includes those original to the collection as well as copies from other archives and provides a vast sample of both Nazi and Allied documentation created in the prewar, wartime, and postwar periods. This paper takes the opportunity provided by the depth and breadth of the collection to add perspective and nuance to increasing scholarly attention to sexual violence during the Holocaust, with a special focus on so-called concentration camp brothels. Documents ranging from an application for a privileged male prisoner’s reward of a visit a brothel to a wartime Nazi report of one facility’s operations to postwar survivor testimony further elucidate this particular form of sexual violence. ITS-held documents reveal both the Nazi perpetrators’ direct discussion of and misleading language employed with regard to such crimes, as well as evidence of rumors and prejudice maintained about the forced sex laborers. This paper serves not only to add to the growing body of work on sexual violence by extracting new and varied pieces of evidence from the ITS digital archive, but also as an example of the utility of ITS collections for thematic research.« (Source: Imperial War Museums website)

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