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Women in the Armed Resistance to Fascism and German Occupation (1936–1945)
March 2008
Trade Paperback · 320 Pages
$21.95 U.S. · $21.95 CAN
ISBN 9781904859697
AK Press


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Common perception of women in wartime relegates them to the sidelines of history—working in munitions factories or waiting for their men to return. The truth is that much of the resistance to fascism should be chalked up to the people about whom official accounts having nothing to say. Partisanas excavates the history of women who planted bombs, shouldered guns, and were among the most active participants in the European Resistance.

Ingrid Strobl is a well-known filmmaker, artist, lecturer, and writer. She makes her home in Cologne, Germany.

Martha Ackelsberg is the author of Free Women of Spain.

About the Authors

Ingrid Strobl was born in 1952 in Austria. There she studied German language, art and art history. Today, she lives as a freelance researcher and author, and for the last twenty years has been lecturing, publishing books, and making documentary films on the topic of Jewish resistance/the resistance of Jewish women against the German occupation and "Final solution." Martha Ackelsberg is a Professor of Government and a member of the Women's Studies Program Committee at Smith College, where she teaches courses in political theory, urban politics, political activism, and feminist theory. She has contributed to a variety of anthologies on women's political activism in the United States.