Ort
Bratislava
Veranstaltungsort
Comenius University Bratislava, Šafárikovo námestie 6, room Sudna sieň (ground floor). Monday’s film screening will take place at the Slovak Institute of Sciences, Štefánikova 898/49, lecture room (5th floor).
Veranstalter
Jakub Drábik, Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava; Katja Grosse-Sommer, Hochschule für Jüdische Studien, Heidelberg; Borbála Klacsmann, University of Szeged; Denisa Nešťáková / Eduard Nižňanský, Comenius University, Bratislava; Anna Ullrich,Institute for Contemporary History, Munich
Datum
21.01.2019 - 23.01.2019
Von
Katja Grosse-Sommer

Gender analysis applied to the field of War Studies and Holocaust Studies has led to important discoveries, opened up new areas of research and raised critical questions about established narratives. Thanks to gender analysis, research has started focusing on different topics; in particular the female experience during the Holocaust and World War II, and has also brought up the latest findings on family and survival strategies, children's experience, or investigation on life of homosexuals under the rule of NS Germany and their allies.

Despite the development of Women’s and Gender Studies in the last decades, the importance of women in history has remained—until recently— a “problematic” subject, and more importantly an under-researched topic. While most war memories belong to men, women's experiences have played just a trivial role. Moreover, all generalizations and gender-neutral statements about experiences during the Holocaust have neglected a personalized and gender-oriented approach to Holocaust Studies. This conference, therefore, pays particular attention to the specific features of women’s experience in WWII and the Holocaust. At the same time, it also highlights male experience and the roles of Jewish and non-Jewish men in public and private, exploring the formation and expression of masculinities.

We envision the conference contributing to filling still-existing research gaps, while presenting new work on experiences of women, men and the family, as victims, perpetrators and collaborators in WWII and the Holocaust.

Conference organized by:
Comenius University Bratislava, Faculty of Arts, Department of General History
Institute for Contemporary History Munich, Center for Holocaust Studies
Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of History

Partners:
European Holocaust Research Infrastructure
Faculty of Arts, Palacký University Olomouc
Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw
University of Szeged
Sered' Holocaust Museum

Sponsors:
Visegrad Fund
Comenius University, Bratislava
Goethe Institut, Bratislava
Polsky Institut, Bratislava
Ambassade de France en Slovaquie
České Centrum, Bratislava

Programm

MONDAY, 21.01.2019

09.15 – 10.00 OPENING AND WELCOME
Jaroslav Šúšoľ (Comenius University, Bratislava)
Andrea Löw (Institute for Contemporary History, Munich)
Jakub Drábik (Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava),
Andor F. Dávid (International Visegrad Fund, Bratislava)
Moderator: Denisa Nešťáková (Comenius University, Bratislava)

10.00 – 10.30 THE EHRI-PROJECT AND ITS OFFERINGS TO RESEARCHERS
Anna Ullrich (Institute for Contemporary History, Munich)

10.30 – 11.30 KEYNOTE
Dalia Ofer (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) – “Will you hear my voice?” Women in the Holocaust: Memory and Analysis
Moderator: Katja Grosse-Sommer (Hochschule für Jüdische Studien, Heidelberg)

11.40 – 12.50 Lunch

13.00 – 14.30 PANEL 1: SHIFTING GENDER ROLES
Agnes Laba (Bergische University, Wuppertal) – Defeated Masculinities? A Gender Perspective on Everyday Life under German Occupation in France and Poland
Jaromir Mrňka (Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, Prague) – The Stereotype of “Gossipy Women” and its Role in Denunciations in the Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia
Marína Zavacká (Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava) – Women at the Ilava Detention Camp
Moderator: Matej Ivančík (Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava)

14.30 – 15.00 Coffee break

15.00 – 16.30 PANEL 2: THE BODY AS A SITE OF VIOLENCE
Marta Havryshko (Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences, Lviv) – Rape in Hiding: Sexual Violence against Jewish Women during the Holocaust in Ukraine
Gergely Kunt (Central European University, Budapest / University of Miskolc) – Jewish Women as Double Victims: Narrating Rape in the Wartime Diary of a Hungarian Holocaust Survivor
Jay Geller (Vanderbilt University, Nashville) – Circumcision and Male Jewish Survival during the Holocaust
Moderator: Borbála Klacsmann (University of Szeged)

16.30 – 16.50 Coffee break

17.00 – 19.00 HAVIVA REICK: LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL HERO
Rochelle Saidel (Remember the Women Institute, New York City) – Guest lecture
Anna Grusková (Bratislava) – Director of “Burning House” (2016) – Film screening
Moderator: Katja Grosse-Sommer (Hochschule für Jüdische Studien, Heidelberg)

19.00 – 19.15 OPENING OF THE VIRTUAL MUSEUM OF GISI FLEISCHMANN

19.30 – 21.00 Dinner

TUESDAY, 22.01.2019

09.00 – 13.00 EXCURSION TO SEREĎ HOLOCAUST MUSEUM (for invited participants)

13.10 – 14.50 Lunch

15.00 – 16.00 PANEL 3: GUIDING AND PRESERVING THE COMMUNITY: WOMEN IN JEWISH LEADERSHIP
Laurien Vastenhout (University of Sheffield) – Female Involvement in Jewish Councils of the Netherlands and France: Gertrude van Tijn and Juliette Stern
Karolina Szymaniak (Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw) – “Words as Milk of a Breast-Feeding Woman”: Representations of Witnessing and Documentation in Rachel Auerbach’s Writing
Moderator: Denisa Nešťáková (Comenius University, Bratislava)

16.00 – 17.00 PANEL 4: SEXUALITY AND INTIMACY
Gabrielle Hauth (Clark University, Worcester) – Female Intimacy in Concentration Camps
Florian Zabransky (University of Sussex) – Male Jewish Sexuality in Concentration Camps
Moderator: Martin Posch (Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava)

17.00 – 17.30 Coffee break

17.30 – 19.00 PANEL 5: GENDER, YOUTH AND NEW FAMILY CONCEPTS
Natalia Aleksiun (Touro College, New York) – Girls Coming of Age during the Holocaust: Gender, Class, and the Struggle for Survival in Eastern Europe
Kerstin Schwenke (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich / Institute for Contemporary History, Munich) – “It was hard to find any resemblance between this distorted body and the man my father used to be”: Female Family Members of Concentration Camp Inmates in Personal Contact with the Camps
Joanna Sliwa (The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany) – Polish Women Rescuers and the Jewish Children They Sheltered in Kraków, Poland
Moderator: Michala Lônčiková (Comenius University / Holocaust Documentation Center, Bratislava)

19.15 – 20.30 Dinner

WEDNESDAY, 23.01.2019

09.30 – 11.00 PANEL 6: COLLABORATORS, PERPETRATORS AND CHANGING CONCEPTS OF GENDER
Anna-Raphaela Schmitz (Institute for Contemporary History, Munich) – “My family was well provided for in Auschwitz.” The Lives of the Wives of SS-Members in Auschwitz-Birkenau
Irina Makhalova (National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow) – Participation of Soviet Women in Persecution of the Jewish Population in the Crimea during the Nazi Occupation
Eva Škorvanková (Comenius University, Bratislava) – Women and the Ideology of Slovak National Socialism
Moderator: Anna Ullrich (Institute for Contemporary History, Munich)

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 – 12.30 PANEL 7: RESISTANCE
Modiane Zerdoun-Daniel (Uppsala University) – Jewish Women among Partisans in Lithuania, 1941 – 1945
Anna Nedlin-Lehrer (Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg) – Equal Fighters: Women of the Dror Youth Movement in the Warsaw Ghetto
Moderator: Jaromir Mrňka (Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, Prague)

12.40 – 13.50 Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 FINAL PANEL DISCUSSION
Andrea Löw (Institute for Contemporary History, Munich),
Andrea Petö (Central European University, Budapest),
Monika Vrzgulová (Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava)
Moderators: Jakub Drábik (Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava)
Eva Škorvanková (Comenius University, Bratislava)

15.30 – 16.00 CONFERENCE WRAP UP

Kontakt

xx.centuryconference@gmail.com

Zitation
If This is a Woman, 21.01.2019 – 23.01.2019 Bratislava, in: H-Soz-Kult, 11.01.2019, <www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-39108>.
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