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First published: February 1, 2024 - Last updated: February 1, 2024


Author: Kira Rudolph

Title: Rape and Sexual Abuse Against Women in the Holocaust

Subtitle: Deprived Credibility and Refused Recognition as a Form of Harm

Journal: HARM: Journal of Harm Hostility, Anger, Repression, and Malice

Volume: 2

Issue: -

Year: 2023 (Received: December 15, 2023, Published online: December 31, 2023)

Pages: 70-83

eISSN: 2940-3073 - Find a Library: WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | European History: German History | Types: Rape / Sexual Violence during the Holocaust


Link: Open Journal Systems Ruhr University Bochum (Free Access)


Author: Kira Rudolph, Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaft (Faculty of Social Science), Ruhr Universität Bochum (Ruhr University Bochum)

Abstract: »Sexual violence research is often not limited to the direct perpetration of violence, but also focusses on the (inter-)personal processing of the violence experienced. This article presents the various ways in which female survivors of sexual violence in German concentration camps were denied recognition of their suffering, both by the representatives of the Nazi regime in the camps, as well as by their fellow prisoners and finally by the German authorities after the war. In order to understand these complex forms of victimisation, I examine various reasons why women's experiences were often misrepresented and not taken seriously, thereby silencing the victims and making them almost invisible (deprivation of credibility). Against this background, I show why the deprivation of credibility, long after the physical assaults, should be understood as a persistent form of harm.« (Source: HARM)

  Abstract (p. 70)
  Introduction (p. 70)
  Sexual Violence Against Women During the Holocaust (p. 72)
  "They Made Me Doubt Myself": On the Destabilisation of Interpretations of Sexual Violence (p. 74)
  On the Disregard of Gender-Specific Violence in the Concentration Camps (p. 76)
  Stigmatisation by Fellow Inmates (p. 77)
  On the Significance of Holocaust Literature and Hegemonic Narratives (p. 78)
  The Ideal Victim (p. 79)
  Recognition of Victim Status in Courts and Society (p. 79)
  Concluding Remarks (p. 81)
  References (p. 81)
  The Ideal Victim (p. 79)

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