Shoah in the Shtetl: 2018 UTC Holocaust Lecture
Jeffrey Veidlinger, University of Michigan
Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
Derthick Hall 201
Free and open to all
Jeffrey Veidlinger is Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies and Director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author of the award-winning books The Moscow State Yiddish Theater: Jewish Culture on the Soviet Stage (2000), Jewish Public Culture in the Late Russian Empire (2009), and In the Shadow of the Shtetl: Small-Town Jewish Life in Soviet Ukraine (2013). He is the Editor of Going to the People: Jews and the Ethographic Impulse (2016). Professor Veidlinger is a Vice-President of the Association for Jewish Studies, Associate Chair of the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History, and a member of the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is currently working on a book about the pogroms of the Russian Civil War.
Shoah in the Shtetl: Based on videotaped oral histories conducted with Jews living in small-towns throughout Ukraine, this multimedia presentation will discuss how the Holocaust in the small towns of Ukraine is remembered differently from ways we conventionally think of the Holocaust. In the small towns of Ukraine, most Jews were killed close to home rather than transported across Europe in sealed railway cars, and were shot into pits rather than gassed in death camps. After the war, Ukrainian Jews had to resume life in the same towns in which the atrocities occurred and reestablish relations with neighbors who stood by or actively participated in the murder of their relatives and the destruction of their communities. The talk will explore the variety of atrocities experienced by Ukrainian Jews and the various modes of survival they employed.
Please direct questions to: John C. Swanson, Professor of History, UTC, 423-425-4563, firstname.lastname@example.org