However, there were female researchers in all of the commissions and institutions that gathered documents, recorded survivors’ reports, and published their findings. These female researchers were driven by the same motivations and beliefs as their male co-workers, and they worked side by side. Many of their works were published in Yiddish or Polish, which for a long time contributed to a lack of reception in the West. Even in Communist Eastern Europe, a place of professed nominal equality between men and women, female workers seldomly reached leadership positions. Thus, public perception to this day focuses on male directors and leaders.
This exhibit, too, is a reflection of this. It is due in large part to the historical transmission: there is a greater amount of biographical material and publications by and photographs of men in central positions. This, however, does not mean that women contributed any less to the judicial work and to the commemoration and research of the Holocaust. Even numerically, these female pioneers were on equal footing. It is their contribution that built the foundation of Holocaust research today.