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Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities

Remember the Women Institute to Participate in the 17th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities
June 1-4, 2017
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

Thursday, June 1, 2017
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Panel on Exploring Issues of Documenting and Preserving Survivors' Testimonies of Wartime Sexual Violence: Select Cases in Asia and Europe during World War II

Session Abstract

This panel explores issues of the documentation and preservation of testimonies of wartime sexual violence from comparative perspectives, focusing on the cases of sexual violence in Japanese and Nazi controlled territories during World War II. In each national and/or cross-national context, scholars and activists face challenges. In Japan there is little support from either the government or academic institutions. The task is being carried out by non-governmental groups that often lack sufficient financial and institutional support. In South Korea where this issue has strong support from the government and general public, it is overburdening for the support groups to combine their efforts in activism, research, and preservation. In the United States, both within and outside the academia, the general topic of Holocaust has generated substantial interest and support for many years but insufficient attention has been paid to the issue of sexual violence against Jewish women until recently. As survivors of wartime sexual violence are now dying it is particularly important that we work out strategies to preserve their testimonies and other source materials.

Chair, Yuki Terazawa

"Japanese Military Sexual Slavery in Occupied China"
Peipei Qiu
Vassar College

"'Comfort Women' Activism in the United States: The Example of the Kupferberg Holocaust Center"
Jimin Kim
The Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College

"Sexual Violence against Jewish Women during the Holocaust"
Rochelle Saidel
Remember the Women Institute

"The Cross-National Solidarity Efforts by the Survivors of the Japanese Military's Wartime Sexual Violence: New Issues and Challenges"
Yuki Terazawa
Hofstra University

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