Stalag (pornography)

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In the early post-shoah Israel (~ 1950-1960s), Stalag (German, abbreviation for "Stammlager"), was the name for certain types of pornographic magazines or erotic stories, whose main theme was about female SS-officers who enact abusive sexual practices upon male Jewish prisoners, and sometimes also the reverse theme, the male Jewish prisoners' sexual revenge on their tormenters.

Sociologically, this pop/youth phenomenon was seen as a youth-like ("revolt") way to deal with the tabooed immediate traumatic past of their whole people (Shoah), having their examination through this type of medium. The "victim topic" was widely silenced by their parents, plus the majority of the Israeli youth of this time never had any real-life experience with Nazi occupied Europe, as they were either already born from Ashkenazi parents in Israel or had non-European roots (Sephardi, Mizrahi).

With the Eichmann trials in the 1960s, which brought a broad public sensitization about the "victim role" within the Israeli society, Stalags' popularity soon decreased.


  • Solmaz Khorsand - In Bed With The Enemy, first published in Datum magazine in 2008/01