by Yael Flusberg

Mothers, Daughters and the Holocaust

When she was first teaching, Sara Horowitz dodged her students’ questions about gender and the Holocaust. “This isn’t the place to push your women’s studies agendas,” the Director of the Centre for Jewish Studies at York University in Toronto recalls responding. Eventually, her students’ questions inspired her to rethink a deeply embedded notion within Holocaust scholarship: that because every Jew regardless of gender was equally a target of the Nazis, focusing on women detracts from the gravity of the genocide against Jews. Horowitz became fascinated with questions not just about what happened to Jewish women, but about their inner lives as they were living through the war, and how they grappled with their memories after liberation.

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