Women and Genocide

Women and Genocide

Survivors, Victims, Perpetrators
Edited by Elissa Bemporad and Joyce W. Warren
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Format: Paperback None.
ISBN: 978-0-253-03381-9
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The genocides of modern history–Rwanda, Armenia, Guatemala, the Holocaust, and countless others–and their effects have been well documented, but how do the experiences of female victims and perpetrators differ from those of men? In Women and Genocide, human rights advocates and scholars come together to argue that the memory of trauma is gendered and that women's voices and perspectives are key to our understanding of the dynamics that emerge in the context of genocidal violence. The contributors of this volume examine how women consistently are targets for the sexualized violence that serves as an instrument of ethnic cleansing, how female perpetrators take advantage of the new power structures, and how women are involved in the struggle for justice in post-genocidal contexts. By placing women at center stage, Women and Genocide helps us to better understand the nexus existing between misogyny and violence in societies where genocide erupts.

Author Bio

Elissa Bemporad is the Jerry and William Ungar Chair in East European Jewish History and the Holocaust, and Associate Professor of History at Queens College of the City University of New York and at The CUNY Graduate Center. She is author of Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk.

Joyce W. Warren was Professor of English and Director of Women and Gender Studies at Queens College of the City University of New York. She is author of a number of works, including most recently Women, Money, and the Law: Nineteenth-Century Fiction, Gender, and the Courts, and editor of Feminism and Multiculturalism: How Do They/We Work Together?


Women and Genocide is an immense scholarly accomplishment that has the potential to fund creative advances in each of the scholarly disciplines it engages, as well as human rights, peace, and anti-violence programs of advocacy.”
 — Reading Religion

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Table of Contents


Preface / Joyce W. Warren

Introduction: Memory, Body, and Power: Women and the Study of Genocide / Elissa Bemporad

1. The Gendered Logics of Indigenous Genocide / Andrea Smith

2. Women and the Herero Genocide / Elisa von Joeden-Forgey

3. Arshaluys Mardigian/Aurora Mardiganian: Absorption, Stardom, Exploitation, and Empowerment / Donna-Lee Frieze

4. "Hyphenated" Identities during the Holodomor: Women and Cannibalism / Olga Bertelsen

5. Gender: A Crucial Tool in Holocaust Research / Marion Kaplan

6. German Women and the Holocaust in the Nazi East / Wendy Lower

7. Romani Girls: Resiliency and Caretaking during the Holocaust in Romanian-controlled Transnistria / Michelle Kelso

8. Birangona: Bearing Witness in War and ‘Peace’ / Bina D’Costa

9. Very Superstitious: Gendered Punishment in Democratic Kampuchea , 1975-1979 / Trude Jacobsen

10. Sexual Violence as a Weapon during the Guatemalan Genocide / Victoria Sanford, Sofia Duyos Alvarez-Arenas and Kathleen Dill

11. Gender and the Military in Post-Genocide Rwanda / Georgina Holmes

12. Narratives of Survivors of Srebrenica: How Do They Reconnect to the World? / Selma Leydesdorff

13. The Plight and Fate of Females during and Following the Darfur Genocide / Samuel Totten

14. Grassroots Women’s Participation in Addressing Conflict and Genocide: Case Studies from the MENA Region and Latin America / Lisa David and Cassandra Atlas

Selected Bibliography: Further Readings