Call for Papers: Jewish Women Medical Practitioners in Europe Before, During and After the Holocaust

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Call for Papers
September 20, 2018
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Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Jewish History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Social History / Studies, Eastern Europe History / Studies

Call for Papers: Jewish Women Medical Practitioners in Europe

Before, During and After the Holocaust

NASHIM: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues will devote its issue no. 35 (Fall 2019) to Jewish women medical practitioners (nurses and physicians) in Europe during the Holocaust and in the pre- and postwar years, under the consulting editorship of Miriam Offer of Western Galilee College (Israel) and Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, Director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.

Academic scholarship on the practice of medicine during the Holocaust has developed only since the 1980s. On one hand, early investigations of Jewish medical activities, which began in the ghettos and camps during the Holocaust itself and continued immediately afterwards, were shunted to the margins in favor of other, more apparently pressing topics (such as Jewish leadership, Jewish resistance and the roles of “bystanders”). On the other hand, German physicians who served under the Nazis and continued to hold senior medical positions after the war actively silenced this research, to conceal the German medical system's criminal activities and their personal involvement in them.

Studies of Nazi medicine resurged in the 1980s, preceding and influencing renewed research of Jewish medicine in the Holocaust, especially since 2000. However, little has been written on gender issues, and descriptions of women's central role in the formation of the medical systems that were established independently by the Jews during the Holocaust and in the pre- and postwar years are conspicuously absent.

Proposals for submissions to the issue may address but are not confined to the following subject areas:

  • Methodological and theoretical aspects of the study of gender-related aspects of Jewish medical activities prior to, during, and immediately after the Holocaust.
  • Female Jewish medical and nursing students in Europe during the interwar period.
  • Jewish women's participation in and management of medical and health institutions throughout the study period.
  • Biographies, autobiographies, memoirs and testimonies of or about the activities of Jewish women medical practitioners throughout the study period.
  • Roles and activities of Jewish women in the medical services in ghettos, camps, forests and hideouts.
  • Women medical practitioners’ roles in coping with gender-related medical decrees and female morbidity during the Holocaust.
  • The absorption and contribution of women survivor-physicians and nurses to the formation of the medical and nursing systems in the early years of the State of Israel and in Jewish communities in the Diaspora.

Proposals of not more than one page, describing the research topic and the methodology and/or sources on which the study is based, should be sent to Deborah Greniman, Managing Editor of NASHIM, by September 20, 2018, at

Final date for submission of articles: December 1, 2018. Submissions may be up to 12,000 words in length, not previously published or under consideration for publication elsewhere. All scholarly articles will be subject to double-blind peer review. Academic Editor of Nashim: Renée Levine Melammed.

Nashim is published jointly by the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, and Indiana University Press.

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