Rape and the Holocaust

Sexual Violence against Jewish Women During the Holocaust, a 2010 book co-edited by Rochelle Saidel, has been in the forefront of the effort to bring this subject to wider attention. Perhaps recent publicity from Eve Ensler, Gloria Steinem and others about widespread rape linked to genocide in Africa has also helped historians recognize and ask about similar violence against Jewish women seven decades ago. At a USC Shoah Foundation symposium in November organized by Saidel, Jane Fonda read aloud a Jewish girl’s recollection of her rape while in hiding from the Nazis, from the book And the Rat Laughed, by Israeli novelist Nava Semel.

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