I am so infuriated. Infuriated isn’t even… #%@*&#*! There is no word for what I’m feeling right now.
Jewish women were raped and sexually abused by Nazi guards, but also by liberators, people who hid them, aid givers, partisans and even fellow prisoners. Judy Weiszenberg Cohen, an Auschwitz survivor living in Canada, told the editors that the “fear of rape” was omnipresent in the concentration camp.
Almost every time the Holocaust is mentioned, and especially while I was writing this post
, I wondered darkly if any women had been raped. I hadn’t heard or read of anything, and so there was this pitiful hopeful naivety in my chest that maybe, even with all the atrocities committed against them, against both men and women, and against children, they weren’t raped.
But that was so STUPID. Of course.
I don’t know what to say. I’m amazed at myself for taking it this way, because I was so convinced that I’d heard it all and would become emotionally immune after a while. Apparently not. Not when the world is THIS FUCKED UP.