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Sunday, January 31 • 10:45am - 11:45am
Choiceless Choices Faced by Women in the Holocaust

Women became pregnant and gave birth during the Holocaust.  Due to Nazi restrictions on reproduction of Jewish lives, women faced overwhelming ethical dilemmas both as mothers and as caregivers of other women. Difficult life and death choices were faced following the banning of births in some ghettos, when in hiding with babies, and when arriving at camps during pregnancy.  Doctors were confronted with conflicting ethical challenges when caring for these women while Rabbis were faced with difficult Halakhic guidelines.  Some of these will be explored with discussion of options and choices made by women and caregivers to be discussed.

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Beverley Chalmers

An internationally renowned academic with over 280 publications, Dr. Chalmers is interested in the reproductive life of women in difficult circumstances. Her book “Birth, Sex and Abuse: Women’s Voices under Nazi Rule” (2015) was awarded the 2015 Canadian Jewish Literary Award... Read More →

Sunday January 31, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am PST
Room B