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History of Communism in Europe

Volume 8, 2017

The Other Half of Communism: Women's Outlook

Ştefan Bosomitu
Pages 229-258

Fighting their War during a “Foreign” War
Women anti-Fascist/Communist Activism during World War II in Romania

The article discusses this intricate issue of women’s anti-Fascist/communist activism during World War II in Romania. I am particularly interested in the relationship that developed between the Romanian Communist Party and the women who joined the movement in the complicated context of World War II. The article is attempting to assess whether women’s increased involvement in the communist organization was due to the previous and continuous politics of the RCP, or it was a mere consequence of unprecedented circumstances. The article also addresses issues related to the legacy of the anti-Fascist/communist women’s struggle during World War II, in their attempt to establish postwar public careers, but also the manner in which their efforts and activisms were recognized and/or recompensed (or not) after the war.

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