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Speaker: Andrea Pető

Title: Sexual Violence during World War Two Remembered

Subtitle: Processes of “Unsilencing”

Lecture Series: Europe's Violent Memories

Place: Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Date: December 2, 2014

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | European History: Russian History | Types: Wartime Rape / Second World War


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Speaker: Andrea Pető, Department of Gender Studies, Central European

Abstract: »“L’histoire se fait avec des documents. Pas de documents, pas d’histoire?” This positivistic credo of Langlois and Seignobos from 1898 was pronounced a long time ago, but in fact it still pursues the historian today. How to do research when no documents are available, or when the supposed ‘hard’ facts do not exist? What to do with an investigation where the sources are not accessible, or when the sources are produced with explicit political agendas? What are the ethical and methodological considerations interviewing victims of sexual violence decades after the event happened? The “conspiracy of silence” is characterizing the discussion of sexual violence during the Second World War as there are very few documents remaining to study for historians. This talk will first inventorise the available sources such as police reports, diplomatic notes, health reports, photos and interviews with survivors. It will then discuss how “unsilencing” of rapes committed by Red Army soldiers is connected to changes in politics of memory.« (Source: Trinity College Dublin)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of Russia / History of the Soviet Union (1927–1953) | Types of rape: Wartime sexual violence | War: World War II / Soviet war crimes