Ukrainian Baba Interviews

I will slowly be releasing the 1998 Interviews I conducted in the Cherkassy region of Ukraine on the topic of sexual violence and World War II for the completion of my PhD dissertation, “Victims, Heroes, Survivors: Sexual Violence on the Eastern Front During World War II,” 2004.* Language Except for a couple exceptions (one woman … Read more

Self Analysis and Empathy: A Survivor Explicates Her Journey Beyond #metoo

Self Analysis Leads to Empathy

I felt empathy with soldier rapists in the 1990s, but couldn’t fully understand how my own desperation related to that of the soldiers until years later.

The Forgotten History of Sexual Crimes in World War II

To raise awareness of sexual violence

Interview by Luka Pejić about sexual crimes in WWII, civilian’s coping methods, and the social consequences after the war. Wendy Jo Gertjejanssen is an American historian from Minnesota who received her PhD in 2004 with the dissertation “Victims, Heroes, Survivors: Sexual Violence on the Eastern Front during World War II.” In doing this research, she worked … Read more

Empathy will Change the World: My Empathy for Drunken Soldier Rapists

Purple, peace, light

I have thought about a passage from a memoir I read almost twenty years ago to this day. I had empathy with a drunken rapist, which surprised me because I am a survivor of many non-life-threatening rapes. But I believe empathy will change the world. Major Kopelev was on the eastern front during WWII when Marshal … Read more