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  • 03/2015
  • 9781781483534
  • 364 pages
  • $25.50
Birth, Sex and Abuse: Women's Voices Under Nazi Rule (Grosvenor House Publishing, UK, 2015, and Kindle, USA, 2015) ISBN: 97817
I have dedicated my life to studying women’s experiences of pregnancy, birth and the early months of parenthood in industrialized parts of the world as well as in more difficult social, political, religious, and economic circumstances. All of these settings reveal challenging circumstances ranging from political and economic repression in Apartheid South Africa; and in the former Soviet Union; religiously inspired cruelty of female genital mutilation; and over-medicalization of birth in the technologically developed world. None of these, however, comes anywhere close to matching the horrors experienced by those whom the Nazi regime targeted for reproductive and sexual manipulation, and, in the case of Jewish women and babies, extermination. ‘Birth, Sex and Abuse: Women’s Voices Under Nazi Rule’ is a fascinating and gripping examination of birth, sex and abuse during the Nazi era. The book views the Holocaust through a unique lens providing a stunning and controversial exposé of the voices of both Jewish and non-Jewish women living under Nazi rule. Based on twelve years of study, the book reveals how the Nazis targeted childbearing and sexuality among Jewish women to prevent them from having children. The literature on the Holocaust gives exhaustive attention to ‘direct’ means of exterminating Jews. The manipulation of reproductive lives – as a less ‘direct’ method of genocide – has not yet received the same exhaustive attention. In contrast, the Nazis encouraged women meeting their desired ‘racial’ standards to reproduce as prolifically as possible. Drawing directly from women’s own voices expressed in diaries, memoirs and testimonies, the book provides a unique, cutting-edge examination of what women themselves said, thought and did in response to these actions. This controversial approach takes an inter-disciplinary view of women’s experiences of childbearing and sexuality. It incorporates women’s history, Holocaust studies, social sciences and medicine. Some comments that have been received about the book include: Prof. Dr. Miriam Gillis-Carlebach, (Director, The Joseph Carlebach Institute, Bar-Ilan University, Israel) says: “This book should be a ‘must’ for everybody dealing with the cruel chapters of the Holocaust, especially for those who are dealing with research about the subject of women and children, and medicine, during the Shoah.” Prof. Caroline Pukall, (PhD, Professor of Psychology, Director of SexLab and the Sex Therapy Service, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada) writes: “This book has an utterly unique, in-depth focus on all aspects of sexuality and reproduction during the Nazi regime; the author has written the first-ever, comprehensive tome on the treatment of women and infants that is essential for many disciplines.”
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01/18/2016
Winner of Three Major Book Awards

Winner:    National Jewish Book Award, Canadian National Literary Award, CHOICE: Outstanding Academic Title

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Paperback Details
  • 03/2015
  • 9781781483534
  • 364 pages
  • $25.50

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