The Holocaust and Motherhood

  • Helena Duffy (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


The ambition of this interdisciplinary conference is to explore from a variety of perspectives questions related to Jewish motherhood during and after the Holocaust. The conference will also be an opportunity to discuss literary and cinematic portrayals of women’s choices regarding motherhood during the war and in its aftermath. The potential lines of inquiry include:
• Being a Jewish mother in ghettos/camps/hiding/partisan organisations
• Cultural specificity of Jewish motherhood in the face of the Holocaust
• Changes to the normative understanding of motherhood during persecution
• Being a mother-survivor/Having a survivor as a mother
• Motherhood vs. fatherhood
• Wartime separation for rescue/postwar reunion of mother and child
• Forced abortion/sterilisation
• Infanticide
• Foster mothers
• Motherhood during and after the Holocaust in literature and cinema
Period23 Mar 2018
Event typeOther


  • Holocaust
  • motherhood
  • infanticide
  • abortion
  • sterilisation
  • concentration camps
  • ghettos