CFP: Heroines of the Holocaust: New Frameworks of Resistance, New York (15.08.2020)

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Heroines of the Holocaust: Frameworks of Resistance
Wagner College Holocaust Center
June 2-3, 2021
“Nobody taught us how to fight or to perform our duties. We learned by ourselves not only
how to clean and use a gun, but how to conduct ourselves in combat and battle, how to blow
up a bridge or a train, how to cut communication lines and how to stand on guard.”
—Sara Ginaite, partisan, March 8, 1944 (International Woman’s Day)
The activities of women during the Holocaust have often been forgotten, erased,
misunderstood, or intentionally distorted. Jewish women and those of all faiths
fought with dignity, compassion and courage to save others from the murderous
Nazi regime in over 30 nations. Often overlooked, women as well as men played
critical roles in uprisings against the Nazis in over 50 ghettos, 18 forced labor
camps and 5 concentration camps, including Auschwitz. Women were critical to the
Jewish underground and other resistance networks both as armed fighters and as
strategists and couriers of intelligence and false papers. Women played essential
roles operating educational, cultural and humanitarian initiatives. In other
genocides, women also faced horrendous atrocities, yet distinguished themselves
with resilience and acts of moral courage. This symposium hopes to create a new
narrative around agency in the Shoah and other genocides, which may inspire
transformative activism today.
From the groundbreaking 1983 conference on “Women and the Holocaust” at Stern
College to the 2018 symposium on “Women, the Holocaust and Genocide” at Seton
Hill University, research on gender issues has grown exponentially. Innumerable
books, conferences, panels, films, journal special issues, and groups such as
Remember the Women Institute, now document the inspiring lives of female
participants. Yet, there remain many untold stories of women fighting back against
the Nazis with pistol or pen. The leadership strategies, networks of defiance and
testimony of better-known activists, such as Vitka Kempner-Kovner, Zivia
Lubetkin, Vladka Meed, Sara Fortis, Gisi Fleishman, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade,
Nadezhda Popova, Haviva Reik, Edith Bruck, Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and Roza

Robota, among others, still merit far more attention; their lives, too, should become
part of the canon of Holocaust study. How is our understanding of the Shoah-- and
the central question of how it happened-- impacted and re-conceptualized by
knowing about the activities of female resisters and rescuers? This symposium will
bring together international scholars working on this topic to share new
approaches, projects and information on well-known women, as well as those whose
stories remain shrouded in obscurity.
We seek papers exploring women as rescuers and resisters of the Holocaust and
genocide. Topics include, but are not limited to:
Leadership Lessons of Women in Resistance Networks
Women and Resistance in the Concentration Camps
Women Rescuers and Resisters in the Ghettos
Female Partisans in World War II
The Psychology of Rescue and Resistance
Women Doctors, Nurses and Social Workers
Female Artists as Resisters
The Power of a Photo of Women Resisters
The Role of Women in Zionist and other youth groups
Women as Resisters and Rescuers in Genocide
Resilient Bonds: Mother/Sister/Aunt/Daughter/Grandmother
Beyond Anne Frank: Women’s Journals, Memoirs and Archives
Films and Music of Women and Human Rights
Limits and Possibilities of Collection of Women’s Oral Testimony and Archives
Post-Holocaust Life of Female Resisters and Rescuers
Historiography of Jewish and non-Jewish Resisters and Rescuers
Illiberal Memory Politics and Selective Forgetting of Women
Teaching about Women, Resistance and Rescue

Please submit abstracts of 300 to 500 words outlining the focus and approach of
your paper. Abstracts must include full name and title, institutional affiliation and
email address. Please also attach a copy of your CV.
Subject line should be: LAST NAME Abstract Heroines
Submit to both Conference Organizers:
Laura Morowitz, Professor of Art History, Wagner College
And Lori Weintrob, Professor of History and Director, Wagner College Holocaust

Important Dates:
August 15, 2002: Deadline for submission of Abstracts
October 1, 2020: Notification of Acceptance
The two-day symposium on the campus of Wagner College, in Staten Island, New
York, is sponsored by the Wagner College Holocaust Center. The Museum of Jewish
Heritage in Manhattan will host a private visit for participants. Details on
accommodations and travel will be sent following acceptance of paper. We will open
up the conference on the second day to NY/NJ teachers and a general audience
ensuring an even greater circulation of these ideas.

Redaktion: Constanze Baum – Lukas Büsse – Mark-Georg Dehrmann – Nils Gelker – Markus Malo – Alexander Nebrig – Johannes Schmidt

Diese Ankündigung wurde von H-GERMANISTIK [Johannes Schmidt] betreut –

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