Different Horrors / Same Hell: Gender and the Holocaust

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Myrna Goldenberg, Amy H. Shapiro
University of Washington Press, 2013 - History - 298 pages
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Different Horrors, Same Hell brings together a variety of essays demonstrating the breadth of contributions that feminist theory and gender analysis make to the study of the Holocaust. The collection provides new perspectives on central works of Holocaust scholarship and representation, from the books of Hannah Arendt and Ruth KlYger to films such as Claude Lanzmann's Shoah and Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List. Interviews with survivors and their descendants draw new attention to the significance of women's roles and family structures during and in the aftermath of the Holocaust, and interviews and archival research reveal the undercurrents of sexual violence within the Final Solution. As Doris Bergen shows in the book's first chapter, the focus on women's and gender issues in this collection "complicates familiar and outworn categories, and humanizes the past in powerful ways."

Myrna Goldenberg is professor emerita, Montgomery College, Maryland, and founding director of the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery. Amy Shapiro is professor of philosophy and humanities at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Other contributors include Karen Baldner, Doris Bergen, Suzanne Brown-Fleming, Britta Frede-Wenger, Mary J. Gallant, Gaby R. Glassman, Dorota Glowacka, Bjsrn Krondorfer, Rochelle L. Millen, and David Patterson.

"The book's contributions come from a formidable, impressive, and multigenerational group of Holocaust scholars. With its interdisciplinarity and international perspectives, Different Horrors, Same Hell will make important contributions to Holocaust studies and, in particular, to scholarship about women and gender in that context." -John K. Roth, Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College

"The voices vary widely, from the mystical to the strident, from the autobiographical to the scholarly. Such diversity provides texture to the anthology and makes the reading experience layered and multifaceted. These essays break new ground in format and/or subject matter, bringing gendered analysis to new levels of nuance and insight." -Dr. Elizabeth Baer, author of The Golem Redux: From Prague to Post- Holocaust Fiction

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Myrna Goldenberg is professor emerita, Montgomery College, Maryland, and founding director of the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery. Amy Shapiro is professor of philosophy and humanities at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Other contributors include Karen Baldner, Doris Bergen, Suzanne Brown-Fleming, Britta Frede-Wenger, Mary J. Gallant, Gaby R. Glassman, Dorota Glowacka, Bjšrn Krondorfer, Rochelle L. Millen, and David Patterson.