|Primary Format: Paper|
|Size:||6 x 9 in.|
|Subject(s):||Gender and Sexuality History Jewish Studies Women's Studies|
The Weavers of Trautenau: Jewish Female Forced Labor in the Holocaust
Janine P. Holc
Beginning in late 1940, over three thousand Jewish girls and young women were forced from their family homes in Sosnowiec, Poland, and its surrounding towns to worksites in Germany. Believing that they were helping their families to survive, these young people were thrust into a world where they labored at textile work for twelve hours a day, lived in barracks with little food, and received only periodic news of events back home. By late 1943, their barracks had been transformed into concentration camps, where they were held until liberation in 1945.
Using a fresh approach to testimony collections, Janine P. Holc reconstructs the forced labor experiences of young Jewish females, as told by the women who survived and shared their testimony. Incorporating new source material, the book carefully constructs survivors’ stories while also taking a theoretical approach, one alert to socially constructed, intersectional systems of exploitation and harm. The Weavers of Trautenau elucidates the limits and possibilities of social relations inside camps and the challenges of moral and emotional repair in the face of indescribable loss during the Holocaust.
Janine P. Holc is Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Maryland. She has published on gender and democratization in Eastern Europe, anti-Semitism in Poland, and cultural representations of masculinity in Polish film. Her previous book, The Politics of Trauma and Memory Activism, addressed social activism around Holocaust memory in Poland.