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Five female guards standing in uniform at the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in 1945.
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John M. Olin Library, Level 1, Kagan Grand Stair

Wicked Women: White Women as Perpetrators of Mass Violence

The Wicked Women: White Women as Perpetrators of Mass Violence exhibition discusses the connection between whiteness, gender, and violence through women carrying out events and systems of mass violence and discrimination.

By looking at the Holocaust, the Namibian Genocide, the East St. Louis Massacre of 1917, chattel slavery, and white supremacy in conjunction with each other, viewers will learn the role that white women played, and continue to play, in each event and system, as well as how and why these events are connected through broader systems of colonialism and racism. The exhibition focuses on a selection of books, some of which are available to check out from Olin Library.

The logo for Memory for the Future.

Victoria Limón curated this exhibition in association with Memory for the Future, a StudioLab and organization that aims to educate the St. Louis community on issues of racism and multidirectional memory.

Header Image Credit: Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum.