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Gendered Responses to Extreme Conditions

Holocaust survivor speaks on resilience and courage

(Oct. 7, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.– Sociologist, writer and Pulitzer Prize nominee Nechama Tec presents “Resilience and Courage: Women, Men and the Holocaust” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Part of the Fisher Center for Women and Men lecture series and co-sponsored by the Human Rights and Genocide Forum, the event is free and open to the public.

Tec's talk offers a unique perspective that illuminates Nazi anti-Jewish gender policies and ideology, involving the special degradation and murder of Jewish men and the subsequent implications for Jewish women, who often stepped in to aid families and friends.

Herself a Holocaust survivor, Tec has spent decades studying the fate of European Jews. Her research is regarded as “the best and most comprehensive gender analysis of Jewish Holocaust survivors and resistors to date.”

These efforts have yielded many stories of compassion, heroism and self-preservation, which she has shared in several publications. Tec's recent book “Resilience and Courage” won the National Jewish Book Award, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

Currently, Tec is a professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut at Stamford. In 2002, she was appointed by President Bush to the Council of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. She is also a member of the Academic Advisory Committee at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the museum.

Founded with a $1 million gift from Emily and Richard Fisher, the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men seeks to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary gender issues. For more information on the Fall 2004 series, please visit

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