Center Seminar Series

Women at Work: The SS Aufseherinnen and the

Gendered Perpetration of the Holocaust



Throughout the Second World War 3500 women served as guards in the Nazi concentration camp system. These ordinary women were farm girls, hairdressers, and factory workers before the war and yet found themselves on the frontlines of Hitler’s war against the Jews. The experience of these women can tell us a great deal about the participation of ordinary individuals in genocide.  This presentation looks at the camps as a place of work and asks how did these women do their jobs? What challenges did they face in the workplace, how and when did they employ violence against prisoners. It will also look at the Belsen trial, the first trial in the West to directly put the Nazi system on trial, to reveal important insights into how these women viewed and explained their actions.  


Learning Objectives:

 After attending this session, participants should be able to:

1.  Identify ways in which perpetrators explained or justified their actions during the Holocaust.

2.  Discuss the role of gender in Holocaust perpetration.


Shelly Cline, Ph.D., is the Historian at the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education in Overland Park KS. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on the SS Aufseherinnen in the concentration camp system and the gendered perpetration of the Holocaust. Her research has been supported by grants from the University of Kansas and the Universität Hamburg. She has presented and national and international conferences. Cline has been an instructor in KU's Humanities Program and their Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, and has also served on the faculties of the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Missouri Kansas City.

Monday, November 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for registration and social time

Kansas City Public Library – Plaza Branch, in the Large Meeting Room


This Center Seminar is free to the public; $30 for a certificate of completion for CME or CEU credit payable at the door by cash, check, or credit card.


For information, contact GKCTPC at 816-512-7438 or 

About the Center

The Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center is a nonprofit organization which provides a forum for discussion of theoretical, cultural, and clinical ideas regarding psychoanalysis, as well as networking opportunities for professionals, through community forums, professional workshops and annual film series. Membership is open to any person with a serious interest in psychoanalysis. The Center is the parent organization of the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute, which provides post graduate training in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. More information about the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center is available at

Continuing Medical Education Credits

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Greater Kansas City-Topeka Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.