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Genocide in the Eastern European Border Town of Buczacz

Monday, 24. June 2019

Media Information No. 109/2019

Invitation to guest lecture given by Holocaust researcher Omer Bartov on 27 June 2019 at TU Berlin

Over many centuries, the Eastern European border town of Buczacz — today part of Ukraine — was home to a citizenry with highly diverse cultural, ethnic, and religious roots. Here, residents lived side by side in relative harmony. Then came World War II, and three years later the entire Jewish population had been murdered by German and Ukrainian police, while Ukrainian nationalists persecuted and eradicated Polish residents. What led to this genocide?

Holocaust researcher and historian, Professor Omer Bartov, whose mother grew up in Buczacz, spent more than two decades traveling through the region, scouring archives, collecting thousands of previously unpublished documents, and gathering testimonies from victims, perpetrators, and rescuers.

In his lecture “Anatomy of a Genocide. The life and death of a town called Buczacz,” Bartov will explain why ethnic cleansings such as that in Buczacz, are not only attributable to dictatorial leadership and military power. He asserts that the beginnings of such events can already be found unnoticed in periods of apparent peace. Neighbors, friends, and family also become perpetrators alongside the military and soldiers.

Guest Lecture
27 June 2019, 18:00
TU Berlin Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin, room H 3005

The event will be held in English.

In his lecture, Bartov will both highlight the social dynamic of the mass murder in Buczacz and consider the question whether something like this could happen again in our cities.
The event is held as part of the research colloquium of the Center for Research on Antisemitism (ZfA) at TU Berlin in cooperation with the Selma Stern Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg.
Omer Bartov is the John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History and Professor of German Studies at Brown University. He is the author of numerous scholarly works on the Holocaust and genocide in addition to “Anatomy of Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz".


For more information, please contact:

Viola Beckmann
TU Berlin
Center for Research on Antisemitism
Tel.: 030/314 25851


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