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Mothers, Sisters, Resisters, Mothers, Sisters, Resisters, 0817309314, 0-8173-0931-4, 978-0-8173-0931-2, 9780817309312, , , Mothers, Sisters, Resisters, 0817309527, 0-8173-0952-7, 978-0-8173-0952-7, 9780817309527,

Mothers, Sisters, Resisters
Oral Histories of Women Who Survived the Holocaust
Edited by Brana Gurewitsch

Quality Paper
1998. 432 pp.
Price:  $34.95 s

These powerful oral testimonies provide an important historical record
of women's experiences during the Holocaust.


In Mothers, Sisters, Resisters, 25 survivors of the Holocaust furnish
compelling and historically vital testimony that illuminates and explores
Jewish women's experiences during that terrible period. In entries that
preserve each voice, personality, and style, survivors describe their efforts
to evade Nazi laws and subsequent dehumanization, protect their children
and siblings, and maintain their Jewish identity.

Throughout each narrative, from Brandla Small's description of having
her child dragged from her arms at Auschwitz, to Eva Schonbrun's remembrances
of her sister who refused to leave her siblings and save herself, to Emilie
Schindler's account of rescuing Jews left abandoned on a cattle car, we
become intimately involved with each woman's struggle and eventual survival.
We also gain a new appreciation and understanding of the Holocaust experiences
unique to women.


Brana Gurewitsch is Archivist at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
in New York.

"Brana Gurewitsch has presented a valuable volume, carefully arrangedto reveal yet other angles of the Holocaust, angles that must remain irreducible,because they are the expressions, dutifully given, of individual souls. The women who speak to us throughout the book do so bravely and elegantly."
—Barbara Galli, The University of Alabama

"An important original contribution to the fields of Holocaust historyand women's studies. The stories are compelling, detailed, varied, andnicely balanced geographically. Gurewitsch's analysis is reasoned and scholarly,without excluding or diminishing the role that faith played in sustainingthe survivors."
—Myrna Goldenberg, University of Maryland

1999 The Best of the Best Among University Presses, sponsored by American Library Association