07 March 2008

Conference: The Soviet Jewish experience

Masses of rich material have become available since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, providing new insight into previously under-researched aspects of the Holocaust on Soviet territory. These materials include information on individuals, families and communities.

A call for papers has gone out for a conference (English language) focusing on "Soviet Jewish Soldiers, Jewish Resistance, and Jews in the USSR during the Holocaust," organized by the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University. The event will be held November 16-17, in New York City.

It will examine the Soviet Jewish experience during World War II and the Holocaust, including Soviet Jewish soldiers at home and abroad; Jewish soldiers in press, literature and films; contextual issues such as German, Axis and Soviet policies and attitudes during the Holocaust; Soviet Jewish combatants in the struggle against Fascism; camps and ghettos in the Soviet Union; Soviet Jewish life and culture; collaboration as a Soviet and post-Soviet issue; and the Soviet Shoah and the evolution of Soviet Jewish consciousness.

Proposals are welcome from scholars in all relevant academic disciplines, including advanced graduate students. For more details on the event and proposal process, click here. The deadline for proposals is March 15, and participants will be notifed by April 15.

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