‘Something was crawling all over me’: queer fear in women’s Holocaust testimonies

Roseanna Ramsden*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article aims to explore how women memoirists use observations of queer relationships in concentration camps to express anxieties about their own sexualities and troubling notions of sexual fluidity. It builds on the small body of secondary literature devoted to examining representations of eroticism and queer sexuality in Holocaust memoir, and seeks to demonstrate how, and in what ways, the women conceptualize their own sexuality through language in their published testimonies. The article focuses on a close reading of the memoirs of women survivors of the Holocaust to show how their narratives reflect the existence of sexual curiosity and anxiety.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-415
Number of pages15
JournalHolocaust Studies
Issue number3
Early online date25 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2020


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