Celebrate 50 Years
Honors Program

Stephanie Boissy

Title:  "Gendering the Holocaust: Jewish Women in Nazi Concentration Camps"

Major: History

Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Ann Livschiz (History)

External Reviewer:  Dr. Christine Erickson (History)

Honors Program Council Liaison:  Dr. Suzanne LaVere (History)

 

Stephanie Boissy was born in Northwest Indiana and moved to Fort Wayne in August 2009. She will be graduating in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in History, minors in German and Linguistics, and certificates in Teaching English as a New Language (TENL) and International Studies. She is interested in history of the Soviet Union and twentieth-century immigration in America. In Summer 2012, she spent time in Dalian, China teaching English and traveling. She received the German Heritage Society Scholarship for 2011-2012 and the Judie and Ralph Violette History Scholarship for 2013-2014. She is currently enrolled in a Transition to Teaching graduate program for Secondary Education at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Abstract

The Nazi regime created concentration camps for those deemed as undesirable to the Aryan society. Approximately 6 million Jews were systematically murdered in concentration camps and killing centers. Among the survivors, male experiences dominated the narrative and memory of the Holocaust. In the 1980s, scholars questioned the importance of gender through examining the experiences of women during the Holocaust. Research on gender continues as recent scholars direct their attention to topics outside of the collective memory of the Holocaust including rape, pregnancy, abortion, and forced sterilization. Unorthodox subjects expand the understanding of the Holocaust by examining gendered experiences and differences in the concentration camps.