The Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program

Buried Words Intro

Watch recordings of the Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program’s academic events on the topic of sexual violence and genocide. The events were held on October 11 and 15, 2018. The agendas for both events are listed below.

Content Warning: These events discuss topics that involve content that is sexual and violent in nature. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.

Buried Words: A Workshop on Sexuality, Violence and Holocaust Testimonies 


Toronto, October 11, 2018

Opening remarks

Session 1: Sexuality and violence in testimonies by girls and women 
Discussants: Na’ama Shik (Yad Vashem), Zoë Waxman (University of Oxford), Sara Horowitz (York University)
Moderator: Carson Phillips (Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, Toronto)

Session 2: Narratives of sexual violence against boys and men 
Discussants: Debórah Dwork (Clark University), Dorota Glowacka (University of King’s College), Doris Bergen (University of Toronto), Tommy Curry (Texas A&M University) 
Moderator: Benjamin Baader (University of Manitoba)

Session 3: Methodological challenges of using different forms of testimony to study sexual violence
Discussants: Anna Shternshis (University of Toronto), Sara Brown (USC Shoah Foundation), Paula David (University of Toronto), Henry Greenspan (University of Michigan) 
Moderator: Jennifer Evans (Carleton University)

Closing remarks

Sexual Violence in the Context of the Holocaust, Genocide and War 


Montreal, October 15, 2018

Opening remarks

Session 1: Sexual violence in war and genocide

Moderator: René Provost (Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, McGill University)


Tommy Curry (Philosophy and Racial Theory, Texas A&M University): From Gendercide to Phallicism: A Theory of Racialization, Otherness, and Male Rape in Genocides, War, and Racially Repressive Regimes

Na’ama Shik (History, Yad Vashem): Women’s testimonies about sexual violence in Auschwitz-Birkenau

Myriam Denov (Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, McGill University): “I Asked Myself if I Would Ever Love My Baby”:  Mothering Children Born of Genocidal Rape in Northern Uganda

René Provost (Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, McGill University): Sexual Violence as Genocide in International Criminal Law

Session 2: Sexual Violence and Holocaust Testimony. A historical, psychological, and literary analysis of Buried Words: The Diary of Molly Applebaum.

Moderator: Jody Spiegel (Azrieli Foundation's Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program)


Jan Grabowski (University of Ottawa): Historical background of Molly Applebaum’s Diary: The Jews of Dabrowa Tarnowska Under the German Occupation.

Ariela Freedman (Liberal Arts, Concordia University): The Black Kaleidoscope: Reading Diary and Memoir in Buried Words

Deborah Barton (Université de Montréal): A Buried History? Sexual Exploitation & Memory in the Testimony of Molly Applebaum