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Working Memory

Women and Work in World War II

Edited by Jeanne Perreault & Marlene Kadar
Subjects History, Military History, Canadian History, Social Science, Women’s Studies, Biography & Autobiography, Archival Studies
Series Life Writing Hide Details
Paperback : 9781771120357, 251 pages, September 2015
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781771120371, 251 pages, July 2015
Ebook (PDF) : 9781771120364, 251 pages, July 2015

Table of contents

Table of Contents for Working Memory: Women and Work in World War II, edited by Marlene Kadar and Jeanne Perreault
The Lives and The Archives | Jeanne Perreault and Marlene Kadar
“Things Gone Astray...” The Work of Archive | Marlene Kadar
1. “People Dealt This Fate to People”: The War and the Holocaust in Zofia Nalkowska's Life Writing | Eva C. Karpinski
2. Re-Dressing Women's History in the Special Operations Executive: The Camouflage Project | Lesley Ferris and Mary Tarantino
3. Two Sisters: Contrary Lives | Charmian Brinson and Julia Winckler
4. From Planter's Daughter to Imperial Soldier and Servant in Britain's War | Patrick Taylor
5. Resisting Holocaust Memory: Recuperating a Compromised Life | Marlene Kadar
6. “Snow White in Auschwitz”: The Tale of Dina Gottliebova-Babbitt | Natalie Robinson
7. Perpetual Pioneers: The Library of Congress Meets Women Photojournalists of World War II | Beverly W. Brannan
8. “Girl Takes Drastic Step”: Molly Lamb Bobak's “W110278-The Diary of a C.W.A.C.” | Tanya Schaap
9. “These Dutch Girls are Wizard!” The Dutch Resistance as Matriarchy in One of Our Aircraft is Missing | James D. Stone
10. Facing Death: The Paintings of Australian War Artist Stella Bowen | Catherine Speck


Working Memory: Women and Work in World War II speaks to the work women did during the war: the labour of survival, resistance, and collaboration, and the labour of recording, representing, and memorializing these wartime experiences. The contributors follow their subjects’ tracks and deepen our understanding of the experiences from the imprints left behind. These efforts are a part of the making of history, and when the process is as personal as many of our contributors’ research has been, it is also the working of memory. The implication here is that memory is intimate, and that the layering of narrative fragments that recovery involves brings us in touching distance to ourselves. These are not the stories of the brave little woman at home; they are stories of the woman who calculated the main chance and took up with the Nazi soldier, or who eagerly dropped the apron at the door and picked up a paintbrush, or who brazenly bargained for her life and her mother’s with the most feared of tyrants. These are stories of courage and sometimes of compromise— not the courage of bravado and hype and big guns, but rather the courage of hard choices and sacrifices that make sense of the life given, even when that life seems only madness. Working Memory brings scholarly attention to the roles of women in World War II that have been hidden, masked, undervalued, or forgotten.