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The Resource Wearing the letter "P" : Polish women as forced laborers in Nazi Germany, 1939-1945, Sophie Hodorowicz Knab

Wearing the letter "P" : Polish women as forced laborers in Nazi Germany, 1939-1945, Sophie Hodorowicz Knab

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Wearing the letter "P" : Polish women as forced laborers in Nazi Germany, 1939-1945
Title
Wearing the letter "P"
Title remainder
Polish women as forced laborers in Nazi Germany, 1939-1945
Statement of responsibility
Sophie Hodorowicz Knab
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Author Sophie Knab's parents were Polish forced laborers in Germany during World War II. For years her mother was unable to discuss or answer questions about this period of her life. Compelled to learn more about her mother's experience and that of other Polish women, Knab began a personal and emotional quest. Over the course of 14 years, she conducted extensive research of postwar trial testimonies housed in archives in the U.S., London, and in Warsaw to piece together facts and individual stories from this singular and often-overlooked aspect of World War II history. As mothers, wives, daughters, and sisters, female Polish forced laborers faced a unique set of challenges and often unspeakable conditions because of their gender. Required to sew a large letter 'P' onto their jackets, thousands of women, some as young as age 12, were taken from their homes in Poland and forced to work for the Reich for months and years on end. In this important contribution to World War II history, Knab explains how it all happened, from the beginning of occupation in Poland to liberation: the roundups; the horrors of transit camps; the living and working conditions of Polish women in agriculture and industry; and the anguish of sexual exploitation and forced abortions--all under the constant threat of concentration camps. Knab draws from documents, government and family records, rare photos, and most importantly, numerous victim accounts--diaries, letters and trial testimonies--to present an unflinching, detailed portrait of the lives of female Polish laborers, finally giving these women a voice and bringing to light the atrocities that they endured
Biography type
contains biographical information
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DLC
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Knab, Sophie Hodorowicz
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Polish people
  • Women
  • Forced labor
  • Foreign workers, Polish
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Poland
  • Germany
Label
Wearing the letter "P" : Polish women as forced laborers in Nazi Germany, 1939-1945, Sophie Hodorowicz Knab
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-285) and index
Contents
Recruitment and roundups -- The transit camps -- Transport, arrival and the March decrees -- Life and work in agriculture and factories -- Health, illness and hospitalization -- Pregnancy and childbearing -- Last days of the war and DP camps
Control code
19244892
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
ix, 293 pages
Isbn
9780781813594
Lccn
2016034889
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Wearing the letter "P" : Polish women as forced laborers in Nazi Germany, 1939-1945, Sophie Hodorowicz Knab
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-285) and index
Contents
Recruitment and roundups -- The transit camps -- Transport, arrival and the March decrees -- Life and work in agriculture and factories -- Health, illness and hospitalization -- Pregnancy and childbearing -- Last days of the war and DP camps
Control code
19244892
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
ix, 293 pages
Isbn
9780781813594
Lccn
2016034889
Other physical details
illustrations

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