During the German occupation of Soviet Belorussia, the Nazi regime and its helpers killed 800,000 Jews. Among the victims were the parents, brothers, sisters, and other relatives of children who struggled to survive on their own. How did they manage to survive terror and starvation? How did they cope with the trauma of loosing their family? How did they deal with a shift in perspective, from a privileged position as builders of a new society to a position at the bottom of society, bodies that could be exploited for work and then targeted for extinction?
The lecture introduces recent research on the experience and memory of the Nazi genocide in German-occupied Soviet territories.
Lecture by Anika Valke
The author of the book “Pioneers and Partisans: An Oral History of Nazi Genocide in Belorussia” (Oxford University Press, 2015); will be published in July 2015.
Within the frameworks of Eurocafe.