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Sunday, March 19 • 11:00 - 11:45
Choiceless Choices Faced by Women in the Holocaust

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Women became pregnant and gave birth during the Holocaust. Due to Nazi restrictions on reproduction of Jewish lives, women faced overwhelming ethical dilemmas both as mothers and as caregivers of other women. Difficult life and death choices were faced following the banning of births in some ghettos, when in hiding with babies, and when arriving at camps during pregnancy. Doctors were confronted with conflicting ethical challenges when caring for these women while Rabbis were faced with difficult Halakhic guidelines. Some of these will be explored with discussion of options and choices made by women and caregivers to be discussed.

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Beverley Chalmers

Dr. Chalmers' research specializes in examining the birth experiences of women in difficult religious, social, political and economic situations. These settings reveal challenging circumstances ranging from political and economic repression in Apartheid South Africa, and in the former Soviet Union, religiously inspired cruelty of female genital mutilation, and over-medicalization of birth in the technologically developed world. None of these... Read More →

Sunday March 19, 2017 11:00 - 11:45
L3 27th Floor

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