Sexual Violence in the Context of the Holocaust, Genocide and War


Faculty Club 3450 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0E5, CA

Organized by the Azrieli Foundation, in collaboration with the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, the conference will include two sessions:

Session 1: Sexual Violence in War and Genocide


René Provost (Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, McGill University): Sexual violence in the context of genocide : legislative history and recent jurisprudence

Tommy Curry (Philosophy and Racial Theory, Texas A&M University): From Gendercide to Phallicism: A Theory of Racialization, Otherness, and Male Rape in Genocides, War, and Racially Repressive Regimes

Na’ama Shik (History, Yad Vashem): Women’s testimonies about sexual violence in Auschwitz-Birkenau

Myriam Denov (Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, McGill University): “I Asked Myself if I Would Ever Love My Baby”:  Mothering Children Born of Genocidal Rape in Rwanda

Session 2: Sexual Violence and Holocaust Testimony: A Case Study of Buried Words: The Diary of Molly Applebaum


Jan Grabowski (University of Ottawa). Presentation of the historical context of Molly’s story and background information about how the diary was discovered.

Deborah Barton (History, Université de Montréal): Analysis of Buried Words from a historical perspective

Sophia Koukoui  (Psychology, Université de Montréal): Analysis of Buried Words from a psychological perspective

Ariela Freedman (Liberal Arts, Concordia University): Analysis of Buried Words from a literary perspective

Registration recommended to guarantee your seat. To register, contact catherine [at]

This conference is open to scholars and students.