“Intimacy in Ravensbrück: Sex, Violence, and Survival in a Nazi Concentration Camp"
Gabrielle Hauth is currently PhD Candidate in history at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University (United States). As the Ben and Zelda Cohen Fellow at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, Ms. Hauth will be conducting research for her project, “Intimacy in Ravensbrück: Sex, Violence, and Survival in a Nazi Concentration Camp.”
Ms. Hauth has been awarded several research grants, including from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Central European History Society. During her time in the Strassler Center, she further received support as a Claims Conference Fellow and Richard M. Cohen ’71 MD Fellow. Ms. Hauth most recently presented her work at the 30th Workshop on Ravensbrück Research organized by the Ravensbrück Memorial in Berlin and the International XX Century Conference, If This Is a Woman, held at Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia). Her article, “Quieting Female Voices,” was published in Reflections: Auschwitz Jewish Center Annual Alumni Journal (2016). Ms. Hauth’s research languages include English, German, and Yiddish.
Drawing on Museum resources, Ms. Hauth will conduct research on the intimate relationships of prisoners and perpetrators in the Ravensbrück concentration camp. Her research examines historical case studies that blurred lines of friendship or romance, victim or perpetrator, and thus created a “grey zone” of intimacy. In this project, she particularly seeks to challenge the linear model of sexuality often understood in terms of force, coercion, and consent in order to illuminate the roles of agency and power in camp society.
Ms. Hauth will be in residence through August 31, 2019 and can be contacted at her museum email email@example.com.