University of Wisconsin Press and Remember the Women Institute sponsored a book signing celebration marking the 61st anniversary of the liberation of Ravensbrück and the publication of Rochelle Saidel's paperback book, THE JEWISH WOMEN OF RAVENSBRÜCK CONCENTRATION CAMP at Judaica Treasures Bookstore, 226 W. 72nd St., Manhattan, on Monday, May 1, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. More than fifty people attended the event, which included author remarks and a fascinating question and answer period. Among those attending were Ravensbrück survivors and their children and grandchildren, as well as filmmakers, authors, archivists, and Holocaust scholars.
This is the first Paperback Edition of The Jewish Women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp, a 2004 National Jewish Book Awards Finalist in both the Holocaust Studies and Women's Studies categories. When the hardcover edition was published in the spring of 2004, The Jewish Women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp was the first book in English to focus on Jewish women in this Nazi camp. The poignant testimonies of the survivors and the tragic stories of those who perished in the camp are set in the context of all of the camp's female victims, and they provide new perspectives and information about Ravensbrück and its many slave labor satellite camps. Saidel includes accounts of the women's lives before the Holocaust, their daily struggles to stay alive in the camp, gender issues specific to women, and the survivors' lives in the aftermath of their experiences. This captivating and thoroughly documented book reclaims and restores the lost voices of the victims and the survivors.
●Excerpts from Reviews of The Jewish Women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp●
“This book is the outcome of over twenty years of indefatigable research in archives and libraries, and of interviews in several countries with survivors of Ravensbrück. Saidel presents their deeply moving stories against a carefully constructed context of the camp's history....This book is clearly a labor of deep commitment and love.”
“This is a welcome addition to the Holocaust literature….The histories of these Jewish survivors are very moving….Readers interested in visual historical materials will appreciate the wide range of photographs and illustrations depicting life in this camp. I expect this book to attract a wide audience.”
“Saidel has done a remarkable job of tracking down Ravensbrück survivors and recording their life stories….In bringing to light the experiences of the women of Ravensbrück concentration camp, Saidel adds to our knowledge of Jewish survival in the genocidal conditions created by the Nazis. Her account is valuable for its documentation of the Holocaust.”
Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel, founder and director of Remember the Women Institute in New York, as well as senior scientific researcher at Center for the Study of Women and Gender at University of São Paulo, is a political scientist. She is author of two other Holocaust-related books, curator of a museum exhibit on Ravensbrück, and a prolific writer and lecturer on women and the Holocaust. A citizen of the United States and Israel, she divides her time between Jerusalem, New York, and São Paulo.
The Remember the Women Institute, 2003
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