Different Horrors, Same Hell

Gender and the Holocaust

Edited by Myrna Goldenberg and Amy Shapiro

  • Published: 2013
  • Subject Listing: Jewish Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 300 pp., 18 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Series: Stephen S. Weinstein Series in Post-Holocaust Studies
  • Contents

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 Klger 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, Bj rn 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

Foreword by Elizabeth Minnich

Myrna Goldenberg and Amy H. Shapiro

Part I. History of Feminist Theory and Gender: Analysis of the Holocaust

1 What Do Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Contribute to Understanding the Holocaust?
Doris L. Bergen

2 Philosophy in the Feminine and the Holocaust Witness: Hannah Arendt and Sarah Kofman 38
Dorota Glowacka

3 Simone Weil: A French-Jewish Intellectual Journey in the 1930s and 1940s
Rochelle L. Millen

4 Patriarchy, Objectification, and Violence against Women in Schindler's List and Angry Harvest
Amy H. Shapiro

5 Sex-Based Violence and the Politics and Ethics of Survival
Myrna Goldenberg

Part II . Practice of Feminist Theory and Gender: Analysis of the Holocaust

6 From Pulp to Palimpsest: Witnessing and Re-Imagining through the Arts
Bjrn Krondorfer in collaboration with Karen Baldner

7 The Nazi Assault on the Jewish Soul through the Murder of the Jewish Mother
David Patterson

8 Wiedervereiningung Ersehend: Gender and the Holocaust Fate of the Mller and Gittler Families
Suzanne Brown-Fleming

9 The Kindertransport: Gender and the Rescue of Jewish Children 1938-39
Mary J. Gallant

10 Survivor Mothers and Their Daughters: The Hidden Legacy of the Holocaust
Gaby R. Glassman

11 Talking to Ruth Klger
Britta Frede-Wenger

Selected Bibliography