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Jews in Modern Europe Study Group

Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz


April 30, 2018
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Lower Level Conference Room, Busch Hall Directions
April 30, 2018
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Lower Level Conference Room, Busch Hall Directions

This lecture will discuss how the East Galician town of Buczacz was transformed from a site of coexistence, where Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews had lived side-by-side for centuries, into a site of genocide. Between 1941, when the Germans conquered the region, and 1944, when the Soviets liberated it, the entire Jewish population of Buczacz was murdered by the Nazis, with ample help from local Ukrainians, who then also ethnically cleansed the region of the Polish population. What were the reasons for this instance of communal violence, what were its dynamics, and why has it been erased from the local memory?


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