WMC Women Under Siege investigates how sexualized violence is used as a weapon in conflict and beyond. WMC Fbomb is an intersectional teen feminist media platform created by and for socially conscious youth. WMC SheSource is an online database of media-experienced women experts who we connect to journalists, bookers and producers. Virtually unexplored until recently, sexualized violence in the Holocaust took many forms, faces, and insidious paths. Among the more than 6 million Jews killed were an unknown number of women, probably thousands, who were raped—in camps, in hiding, in ghettos. The perpetrators were Nazis, fellow Jews, and those who hid Jews.
Zionist, Jewish activist and leader of the Slovakian Jewish community during the Holocaust, Gisi Fleischmann — worked tirelessly to rescue Jewish victims of Nazi persecution, to smuggle refugees to Palestine, and in attempts to bribe Nazi officials to stop deportations. Ultimately she was included in the last transport from Slovakia to the Auschwitz death camp, from which she never returned. To use gender as a framework for analysis is simply to become more attentive to the possible consequences of one of the major axes of all social organization—together with age, class, race and religion. Just as all societies draw distinctions between children and adults, between rich and poor, and between members of different racial and religious groups, every known society—past or present, large or small—creates different roles and different expectations for men and women.
Patterns of Violence
Life in the Jewish ghettos of the Holocaust was indeed torture. After their invasion of Poland in , the Nazis began setting up Jewish ghettos both in that country and across Europe. Jewish civilians were branded and forcibly deported into small, cramped quarters, often segregated from the rest of the city with walls or barbed wire. There they waited, hoped, and prayed, most unaware that this was nothing more than the first step in the Nazi plot for the systematic eradication of Europe's Jewish population.
By Will Stewart for MailOnline. Seventy years on from the end of the Second World War the full, shocking scale of the Nazi-inspired Holocaust in Ukraine is finally being revealed - thanks to pioneering work by a French Catholic priest to research the truth of the industrial-scale killing. Around 2, mass graves of Jewish victims have been located where men, women and children were shot and buried by the Germans and their collaborators. But there maybe up to 6, more sites to uncover, with victims of this 'Holocaust of bullets' - so called because unlike in Poland and Germany where gas chambers were used as the means of slaughter - here most were summarily shot and buried nearby. In many cases, the Jews were ordered to dig pits and then to strip naked before they were mown down by their murderers. Some were buried in the unmarked plots while still alive.