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Jewish Life and Death in the Soviet Union during World War II

Jewish Life and Death in the Soviet Union during World War II
Hart House Debates Room
Time: Mar 25th, 9:00 am End: Mar 26th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Sociology (FAS), Slavic Studies (FAS), Religion, Study of (FAS), Political Science, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Jewish Studies, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), German (FAS), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 1900-1950
Two day conference featuring Ilya Altman

The Centre for Jewish Studies (CJS) and the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES) are  pleased to present an international conference:

Jewish Life and Death in the Soviet Union during World War II

24-26 March 2012 (Hart House Debates Room, University of Toronto)


  • The Annual Lecture of the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Chair in Holocaust Studies (Sunday, March 25, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

Ilya Altman, Founder and Co-Chairman, Russian Research and Educational Holocaust Center, Moscow; Professor RGGU; and Yad Vashem Fellow

The Holocaust in the Soviet Union:  Unknown Pages

  • Canadian premiere of Mikhail Kalik’s Goodbye Boys (1964, with English subtitles) on March 24, 7 p.m., Innis Town Hall, with introduction and commentary by Olga Gershenson
  • Presentations from eighteen international scholars (Sunday, March 25, 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; and Monday, March 26, 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) including:
    • Wendy Lower, Strassler Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University
    • Zvi Gitelman, Dept. of Political Science, University of Michigan
    • Karel Berkhoff, NIOD Insitute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Amsterdam
    • Gennady Estraikh, Skirball Dept. of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University
    • Harriet Murav, Dept. of Slavic Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    • John Paul Himka, Dept. of History & Classics, University of Alberta
    • Gennady Kostyrchenko, Moscow Institute of History, Academy of Science
    • Oleg Budnitskii, Higher School of Economics, National Research University (Moscow)
  • A photo exhibit from the Blavatnik Institute (New York): Jewish Lives in the Great Patriotic War
  • Book Exhibit

Registration is not required.  For further information, please contact Svitlana Frunchak or Michael Kasprzak.

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