During the Second World War, all contact between German soldiers and Polish women – considered an ‘inferior race’ – was officially banned. Sexual encounters frequently took place, however. Some were consensual, while others were characterised by brutal violence, and women often sold their bodies as a means of survival. The army and SS constructed purpose-built brothels for their soldiers, but also banned and frequently punished loving relationships. In Wartime Relations, Historian Maren Röger gives a powerful account of these encounters and describes the actions of the army and the SS in regulating relations between soldiers and civilian women. Röger provides new and important insights into everyday life during the occupation, Nazi racial policy, and the fates of the women involved.
1 - Establishing and Organizing Occupier Brothels 2 - Policy and Politics of (Forced)Prostitution 3 - Unsupervised sex work and prostitution as a means of survival 4 - Interactive spaces in times of racial segregation 5 - Types and Trajectories of Relationships 6 - Fraternizing Women and Men 7 - Disciplinary Measures: Polish Patriotism and Nazi Authorities 8 - (Attempts at) Legalizing Relationships 9 - Patterns of Sexual Violence in Occupied Poland 10 - Sexual Violence Before the Police and in Court
Maren Röger is Associate Professor for German and Central European History at the University of Augsburg and Head of the Bucovina-Institute there. From 2010 to 2015, she was a research fellow at the German Historical Institute (Poland). In 2014, she won the highly-regarded Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History for the German edition of Wartime Relations: Intimacy, Violence, and Prostitution in Occupied Poland, 1939-1945, followed in 2016 by the Geisteswissenschaften International Sonderpreis. She has published several books as well as articles in renowned academic journals, including Contemporary European History, European Review of History, Historische Zeitschrift, and Gender & History.
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