Press Release: March 15, 2020
ISBN # 978-1839750212
“Betrayed: Child Sex Abuse in the Holocaust” by Beverley Chalmers (DSc(Med);PhD) (www.bevchalmers.com)
About the Book:
This ground-breaking book exposes a taboo aspect of Holocaust history; the sexual abuse of children. Children were sexually assaulted in ghettos, camps, on transit trains, while in hiding, and even when sent to supposed safety outside Europe. The Nazi’s genocidal brutality facilitated the abuse of children, in addition to targeting them for murder. In addition, children were sexually assaulted by some rescuers and peers who took advantage of their vulnerability. After the war, they were again betrayed by those who discounted their experiences, and by Holocaust scholars who refuse to acknowledge their stories or give credence to their memories.
About the Author:
Dr Beverley Chalmers has dedicated her life to studying women’s and children’s experiences in difficult social, political, economic and religious settings. She has held professorial appointments in Faculties of both Medical and Social Sciences and served for decades as a maternal and child health consultant to numerous United Nations and other global health agencies. Her inter-disciplinary focus and extensive international experience provide a unique perspective on the Nazi era and on the neglected issue of child abuse in the Holocaust. In 2015, Bev’s book “Birth, Sex and Abuse: Women’s Voices Under Nazi Rule” was awarded the USA National Jewish Book Award, the Canadian Vine Award for Jewish Literature, a CHOICE ‘Outstanding Academic Title’ Award, and a Canadian Jewish Literary Award. She has two doctoral degrees: a Doctorate of Science in Medicine (DSc (Med)) and a PhD in Psychology.
Reviews of “Betrayed: Child Sex Abuse in the Holocaust”:
“Sexual abuse was one of the many horrors that some children were forced to endure during the Holocaust. But their stories deserve to be told.
‘Betrayed’ is a well-written and researched, albeit difficult, read that gives these victims a voice to be heard.”
(Dr Tessa Chelouche M.D, Unesco Chair of Bioethics, Haifa)
“With a rare combination of humane empathy and scholarly criticism, Beverley Chalmers delves into a disturbingly difficult subject: the sexual abuse of children during World War II. Her research sheds light on the various forms of child abuse, and undermines conventional categorization patterns. For example, Chalmers shows that children were sexually abused not only by people related to the occupying forces or by hostile strangers, but also by others, including some of their very protectors. Chalmers puts the children and their suffering in the center and makes their voices – their cries – heard; by doing so, she creates a wider awareness of this dreadful phenomenon, awareness that is crucial to anyone who wishes to build a better world for our children.”
(Noam Rachmilevitch, archivist at the Ghetto Fighter's House, Israel)
Betrayed: Child Sex Abuse in the Holocaust (Grosvenor House Publishing, UK, 2020) is available from all major international booksellers including Amazon.
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