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Book Launch: Women's Experiences in the Holocaust

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Women's Experiences in the Holocaust brings to light women's experiences in the Holocaust. It explains why women's difficulties were different to those of men and how they coped. Men were often taken away and the women were left to cope with children and elderly relatives. In some cases they had to deal with organising departure for a foreign country and making choices about what to take and what to abandon. They would also have to deal with feeding those in their care and with medical issues. They also had to deal with their own physical needs, which could include pregnancies, abortions and, in some camps, medical experiments. Some women wrote diaries and letters dealing with their concerns. Some, like Anne Frank, speculated about growing up. The accounts here include women who fought or worked in the resistance like Zivia Lubetkin, who was part of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Women who were married to non-Jews had varied experiences from support to abandonment.

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Agnes Grunwald-Spier was born in July 1944 and sent to the Budapest Ghetto with her mother in November 1944. She was liberated, aged 6 months, and came to England in 1947. Her father, who had been a forced labourer, committed suicide in 1955. Agnes is a Founder Trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and was awarded an MBE in 2016. She has an MA in Holocaust Studies from Sheffield University and was a member of the Board of Deputies of British Jews for 15 years. Her published works include the acclaimed The Other Schindlers: Why Some People Chose to Save Jews in the Holocaust (The History Press 2010) and Who Betrayed the Jews?: The Realities of Nazi Persecution in the Holocaust (2016).

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