WGS 340 • WOMEN NARRATIVE OF HOLOCAUST/WWII-W
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
This course serves as an introduction to a) the history of women during WW II and the Holocaust, with a special emphasis on both German and Jewish women, and b)womenâs narratives on WW II and the Holocaust. We will: 1) Examine the role of women during WW II within different national contexts (Germany, occupied Europe, Fascist Italy, US) and different positions (bystander, perpetrator, victim, resister, rescuer) through autobiographical texts, film, and historical analyses (and in doing so, explore what feminist history might look like). More specifically: we will explore how gender defined the roles of non-Jewish women in Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, and how Jewish women were defined in the eyes of both communities. We will also explore how gender affected women on the Allied side and in countries that were occupied by the Nazis. We will examine the effects of the war on the lives of these women, and how their "traditional" roles changed as they became employed in the war industry, were expected to support the war effort, fight actively in the war or resist in underground movements. 2). Examine the autobiographical texts of women as "documents" painting a (historical) picture of womenâs experiences, roles, and gender constructions during 1933-45 in Europe. We will examine how these texts relate to reality, how they formulate their truth claims, and how they function for the authors who write them.