Date of Defense

Fall 12-7-1992



First Advisor

Gerald Markle, Sociology

Second Advisor

Katherine Joslin, English

Third Advisor

Mary Lagerwey-Voorman, Sociology


Germany, death camps, concentration camps


Auschwitz: the very name evokes the strongest loathing, the worst nightmare, the darkest side of the human experience. Auschwitz was a death camp where some 1.5 million Jews were murdered, as many as 20,000 per day. So many died; so few lived. Yet our knowledge of this awful place, this terrible time, is considerable. The purpose of this research is to conduct an analysis of these stories. Given common time and place and hellish environment, what characterizes these accounts? In particular, how do these accounts differ from one another? The author is especially interested in assessing gender differences: do memoirs by male and female authors differ with respect to structure, style, and imagery?

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only