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dc.contributor.advisor DeRosa, Aaron
dc.contributor.author Castillo, Jessica
dc.date.accessioned 2019-12-02T23:55:28Z
dc.date.available 2019-12-02T23:55:28Z
dc.date.issued 2019-12-02
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/214327
dc.description.abstract Despite the significant amount of Holocaust literature research, little focuses solely on the suffering Jewish women experienced inside Nazi death camps. Until recently, many scholars believe that survivor literature should only include an examination of the horrific attack against European Jews because to gender the Holocaust means to minimize the collective suffering of the Jews as a race. And yet, Holocaust historians have continuously documented that the Nazis utilized methods of dehumanization that intentionally targeted the biological and social factors that only women are vulnerable to. Not only were expecting mothers and women with very young children sent to their immediate deaths once arriving to the deathcamps, female prisoners lived under the constant threat of sexual assault, forced abortions, and faced the difficult decision of bartering sex for safety and food. Furthermore, the violation of female modesty has led both survivors and early Holocaust scholars to often ignore or censor female survival testimonials, overlooking the uniqueness of the woman's experience. However, to fully understand the gendered nature of the Holocaust, this essay analyzes Isaac B. Singer's novel, Enemies, A Love Story, and its depiction of female death camp survivors attempting to reconcile with their individual traumas, while rebuilding their lives in New York City. Through my reading of Enemies, I will challenge traditional interpretations of Holocaust literature that refuses to acknowledge the female experience and illustrate the Holocaust's physical and psychological exploitation of the female identity. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Holocaust survivors en_US
dc.subject Jewish women en_US
dc.subject Holocaust en_US
dc.title Sister-Wives: The Women of Enemies, A Love Story en_US
dc.type Abstract en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US
dc.type Student Research en_US

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