Is brotherhood powerful?: male mutual assistance in the slave labor camp of Markstädt Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Gumbleton, Shawn
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
  • The existence of male mutual assistance within the Nazis' concentration camps is often not acknowledged, or misunderstood. Most prior studies have assumed a universal, femininely gendered concept of mutual assistance which men could not fully live up to. However, research into the slave labor camp of Markstädt, an almost exclusively male camp, shows extensive evidence of mutual assistance. One hundred twenty-five videotaped interviews of the Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive were viewed for this project, and while the constraints of the interviews' structure often did not result in a full sharing of participants' history, mutual assistance is seen to be as equally important to men as it was to women. The strict discipline enforced by the camp's Jewish elder impeded the formation of mutual assistance, but men shared their friendships and partnerships willingly, although not in traditional feminine terms.
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  • Browning, Christopher R.
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