Review: Sabine Kittel (2006). "Places for the Displaced" [Biographical Coping Patterns of Female Jewish Nazi Concentration Camp Survivors Living in the USA]

  • Angela Schwarz Universität Siegen
Keywords: Holocaust, Shoah, Nazi concentration camp, survivor, gender

Abstract

This sociological, or rather socio-psychological, study offers a glimpse of the strategies for survival devised by female Jewish prisoners during and after their imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp. It draws its conclusions from ten narrative interviews conducted with survivors living in the US. Readers versed in Holocaust research and survivor literature will find little new information in the chapters on the interviewees’ experiences of the concentration camps. In contrast, the chapters on life after liberation offer new insight into individual strategies. They point to parallels in narrating Holocaust experience and the life led thereafter—both narratives are characterized by the attempt to attribute sense to them. However, before a result like this can be generalized to describe a "generation," as the author suggests, many more interviews must be conducted and analyzed. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0901293

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Author Biography

Angela Schwarz, Universität Siegen
Angela SCHWARZ, Jahrgang 1962, Universitätsprofessorin für Neuere und Neueste Geschichte an der Universität Siegen. Promotion 1991 (Die Reise ins Dritte Reich. Britische Augenzeugen im nationalsozialistischen Deutschland 1933-1939, Göttingen 1993), Habilitation 1998 (Der Schlüssel zur modernen Welt. Wissenschaftspopularisierung in Großbritannien und Deutschland im Übergang zur Moderne ca. 1870-1914, Stuttgart 1999). Forschungsschwerpunkte u.a. nationalsozialistisches Deutschland, Wissenschaftspopularisierung, Weltausstellungen und transnationaler Transfer, Tourismusgeschichte, Mediengeschichte, Geschichte in der Öffentlichkeit, Strukturwandel industrieller Regionen und seine Wahrnehmung.
How to Cite
Schwarz, A. (2008). Review: Sabine Kittel (2006). "Places for the Displaced" [Biographical Coping Patterns of Female Jewish Nazi Concentration Camp Survivors Living in the USA]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 10(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-10.1.1222