Paper Title

[2.2] The Concentration Camp VS. The Gulag: A Close Look at the Gendered Experience of Female Prisoners in the Form of Rape and Sexual Assault

Location

International Building 1014, Moderated by Dr. Wilson Bell

Start Date

19-1-2019 10:30 AM

End Date

19-1-2019 11:15 AM

Disciplines

History

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Why are women’s experiences and roles throughout history continually pushed aside or comprised with the male experience? When a gendered approach is applied to both the Nazi regime and the Stalinist Era, unimaginable horrors concerning the treatment of females within both the concentration camp and the Gulag camps come to light. Various forms of dehumanization, broadly including abuse, sexual violence, rape, forced labour, and starvation, are revealed within the walls of both systems. Although these camps and systems differ due to the motive of both Hitler and Stalin in regard to the creations the camps, they share a common element of a gendered experience in the form of rape or sexual violence. By collectively taking a look at both gendered experience as a whole and also the concept of rape as a wartime tactic, personal testimonies are shared an analyzed in both the Nazi concentration camps and the soviet Gulag camps. Many women who have survived such horrors are either too embarrassed, fearful to speak up, or it is too painful and reprehensible of an experience to relive. By building the courage to share such accounts allow a deeper understanding of the true horrors present in both the concentration camp and the Gulag.

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[2.2] The Concentration Camp VS. The Gulag: A Close Look at the Gendered Experience of Female Prisoners in the Form of Rape and Sexual Assault

International Building 1014, Moderated by Dr. Wilson Bell

Why are women’s experiences and roles throughout history continually pushed aside or comprised with the male experience? When a gendered approach is applied to both the Nazi regime and the Stalinist Era, unimaginable horrors concerning the treatment of females within both the concentration camp and the Gulag camps come to light. Various forms of dehumanization, broadly including abuse, sexual violence, rape, forced labour, and starvation, are revealed within the walls of both systems. Although these camps and systems differ due to the motive of both Hitler and Stalin in regard to the creations the camps, they share a common element of a gendered experience in the form of rape or sexual violence. By collectively taking a look at both gendered experience as a whole and also the concept of rape as a wartime tactic, personal testimonies are shared an analyzed in both the Nazi concentration camps and the soviet Gulag camps. Many women who have survived such horrors are either too embarrassed, fearful to speak up, or it is too painful and reprehensible of an experience to relive. By building the courage to share such accounts allow a deeper understanding of the true horrors present in both the concentration camp and the Gulag.