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What about Women in the Holocaust?

Requests for Information about Women, Gypsies, and Gays:
Experiences of the Holocaust that need to be Explored

Last month Judy Cohen, a survivor, wrote about including books which looked at a woman’s viewpoint of the Holocaust. Let us know if you are aware of any books we can includeor refer to. Check out You Should Read This…Women and the Holocaust Bibliography to find books relating to her request.

Her letter was part of an overwhelming response to investigate the variety of peoplewho were made victims in the Holocaust. The following shows the interest and need to know moreabout women, Gypsies, and Gays. If you can help us by sharing materials that canhelp shed more light on these subjects, please let us know.

Thanks Judy, for sharing your own light.

Judy Cohen: What about Women in the Holocaust?

Thanks for noticing and answering my request. I cannot recall whether I mentionedthe name of the only book I know about that deals with this important aspect ofthe Holocaust. “Different Voices” edited by Carol Rittner and John K. Roth. Thecontributing writers are: Charlotte Delbo/ Ida Fink/ Claudia Koonz/ Gitta Sereny/Isabella Leitner/ Sybil Milton/ Vera Laska and Joan Ringelheim. Isabella Leitnerhas written a book of her own called: “Fragments of Isabella”. A slim, but for methe best book, on HOW IT FELT to be incarcerated in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Since Ihad similar experiences I can attest to it’s validity. Isabella and her husbandIrving A. wrote a sequel to it called: “From Auschwitz to Freedom.”

Charlotte Delbo also has written other books; one of them is Called “Auschwitz andAfter.”

Sybil Milton presently is a resident historian at the United States HolocaustMemorial Museum in Washington.

This is what Elie Wiesel had to say about this excellent book: “This moving andinformative anthology helps us grasp for the first time what Jewish womenendured, both as Jews and as women.” The book is about personal testimonies,reflections and interpetive essays. (Note: Charlotte Delbo was not Jewish.)

Certainly, should I come across with other books of the same ilk I shall write toyou about it. I am glad though that you too shall send out a call in thisdirection. As a Jewish Woman Survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau/Bergen Belsen/slavelabour in an airplane factory and a death march, I thank you for even trying.B’Shalom, Judy Cohen.

Robert Kottke: Gypsies

I am very interested in the Holocaust because of fact that my maternalGrandfather’s family were victums of the Nazis. My Grandfather’s family wereRomi, Gypsies, with the family name of Altenbach that lived both in Germany andin Denmark.I feel very strongly that not enough is said or known about the Gypsyvictims and would like to know more.

Carrie Koza: What about the Gays?

I am very impressed with your sight. I believe it is very importantfor people to understand what has happened in the past in order to delete it fromthe future, especially hate. Unfortunately, I did not see anything having to dowith homophobia and homosexuals during the Holocaust. I think this is a veryimportant part of history and not too many people even realize that Gays werepart of the Holocaust as well as Jews. (This is of course, not to undermine whatthe Jews have gone through and all of their years of persecution. I would neverdiscredit their plight) I feel that Gays have been ignored from history and hatedfor many, many years. If you would please be so kind to add whatever info thatyou have to your site (which I have linked to my site at or email to me, I would appreciate itgreatly. Thank you.

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