Source Saturday: Jennifer Shaw and Jewish Canadian Women during World War Two

In this video, Jennifer talks about how she used oral histories to refute the dominant historiographical notion that Jews did not participate in homefront war activities. In fact, Jewish women’s participation in home front activities carried a much different meaning and weight than it did for other women due to their Jewishness. In our conversation, she showed quotes from her oral history participants and paired them with photographs with little information attached, to demonstrate how the histories of Jewish women’s experiences during the war can be lost without speaking to the women themselves.
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More about Jen: Jennifer Shaw is a PhD candidate in the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at the University of Western Ontario. Her dissertation focuses on the lives and experiences of Jewish women and girls on the Canadian home front during World War II, and how their activities affected the wider Jewish community. In addition to her studies, she is a mom to four active kids, and works as a research assistant both in Western’s medical school and for a University of Toronto professor. She sleeps when she can find the time.
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