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Women and the Holocaust Women Struggle More Horrid Experiences Then Men The holocaust can be described as one of the darkest eras in human existence and the greatest crime imposed upon people by people The holocaust which was a product of Hitlers Nazi Germany is an event that people have viewed from different perspectives The holocaust caused the death of over six million innocent people the majority of whom were of Jewish descent Every Jew regardless of gender was equally a victim in the Holocaust Though men suffered similar experiences women had to suffer the worst for survival Memoirs written by women survivors share certain characteristics with those written by men Looking from a womans point of view the books Isabella Fragments of Isabella written by Isabella Leitner in 1994 Night written by Elie Wiesel in 1960 and MAUS A Survivors Tale II And Where Here My Troubles Began published in 1991 explains personal testimonies and reflections of the unrelieved gruesome experience However Jewish women experienced sexual victimization rape hiding of pregnancies childbirth abortions and killing of newborns Many stories that have been written are told from male survivors of the European Holocaust But women were also a part of the mistreatment briefly explained in these books During this horrific experience of the holocaust millions of men women and children suffered slow and painful deaths of starvation and human cruelty The question remains is life even worth living for In these womens cases yes because they were being labeled and killed as producers of Jews not as human beings Female survivor Isabella Leitner wrote a book called Fragments of Isabella The book explains in diary form the humiliating experiences women had to deal with during this period of time Since 1939 her father was in the United States trying to get visas for his family During his absence his family suffered torture from the beginning of the genocide to the
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