The Myriad Expressions of Solidarity Amongst Female Prisoners in the Concentration Camps

  • Mehak Burza
Keywords: Cookbooks, dehumanizing, gender, kashariyot, Ravensbrück, recipe, solidarity, survival


The Holocaust, which was the organized, state sponsored execution resulting in the annihilation of six million Jews stands as the touchstone of trauma in the global history. While the Nazi Germany was impartial in its treatment and execution plan towards the victims, an event as horrific as the Holocaust elicits different responses from both the genders. My paper aims to explore the manifestations of solidarity among female prisoners as well as females employed in vocations in the concentration camps during the Holocaust. Being always in double jeopardy, firstly as Jews and secondly as women, made their survival more arduous in the dehumanizing camp conditions. The women thus resorted to various survival strategies in order to keep up the struggle for survival in the camps. My paper, which also forms a part of my ongoing research, thus intents to analyze the various ways in which the women prisoners sought solidarity and the stratagems they employed for their survival. Besides, it will also trace the role of kashariyot- the courier girls who formed a vital segment of the resistance against the Nazi-occupied Europe.


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Author Biography

Mehak Burza

Mehak Burza is a Doctoral Research Scholar in the Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia (New Delhi, India) and an Assistant Professor of English, University of Delhi. Her thesis title is Literary Representations of The Holocaust; An Assessment. Her primary interests include Holocaust/Genocide Studies, Jewish Studies, Gender, Identity, Trauma Studies and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). She presented papers at national and international conferences. Her translations have been published in Purple Ink, the online journal of Brown University, Los Angeles. On the creative front, her short story and several poems have been published.


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How to Cite
Burza, M. “The Myriad Expressions of Solidarity Amongst Female Prisoners in the Concentration Camps”. Contemporary Literary Review India, Vol. 7, no. 4, Nov. 2020, pp. 120-4,
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