Dr Zoë Waxman

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Zoë Waxman is a historian of the Holocaust, with interests in testimony, memory, and gender. She completed her doctorate at the University of Oxford and was lecturer at Mansfield College, Oxford, until she came to Royal Holloway in 2005. She is a senior research associate at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, an editor of the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, and a member of the advisory board for The Journal of Holocaust Studies and H-Memory . She is also convenor of the Holocaust workshop at the Imperial War Museum.

Dr Waxman’s first book, Writing the Holocaust: Identity, Testimony, Representation (Oxford University Press, 2006) explores the history of Holocaust testimony from the first chroniclers, confined to the ghettos, to today’s survivors, writing as part of collective memory. She has subsequently written essays and articles on Hannah Arendt, on rape in wartime, on gender and testimony, and on sacred relics. Her current project focuses specifically on women’s Holocaust experiences. Her book, which will be published by Oxford University Press, seeks to uncover the difficult and often suppressed stories of women in the Shoah, revealing the ways in which gender shaped their experiences and even affected the possibility of their survival. She is beginning work on a wider study of rape in wartime.

A member of Royal Holloway’s Holocaust Research Centre, Zoë is actively involved in the interdisciplinary study of the Holocaust. She enjoys working with graduate students and would be happy to discuss postgraduate supervision with anyone who has similar research interests.

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