Der Glaube im Angesicht der Holle" *Revised: "Faith in the Face of Hell
Liat Steir-Livny 2009
The present study addresses the topic of Jewish women in the Nazi concentration camps and their use of faith to cope with an inconceivable reality. It will examine how religious, traditional and secular women in the camps related to Jewish tradition, faith and God. The research for this chapter is based on memoirs written during the Holocaust, memoirs written after the Holocaust and testimonies collected from survivors after the Holocaust. My intent is to examine how it was possible to observe tradition in the camps.
The chapter will also attempt to offer insights into questions such as the following: Did the harsh conditions affect religious belief and, if so, how and why? Did Jewish women forsake their faith in light of what they witnessed or, on the contrary, was their connection to their faith actually reinforced?
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Steir-Livny, Liat. "Der Glaube im Angesicht der Holle" *Revised: "Faith in the Face of Hell". Irith Knebel (ed), A Holocaust Crossroads: Jewish Women and Children in Ravensbrück, Schnittpunnkt des Holocaust: Juedische Frauen und Kinder im Konzentrationslager Ravensbrück *Revised: Irith Knebel (ed), A Holocaust Crossroads: Jewish Women and Children in Ravensbrück. Metropol, Germany, 2009, pp. 237-255 [German]. *Revised: Vallentine Mitchell, England, 2010, pp. 205-220.