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24.06.2019 | 19.00 Uhr

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

Lecture by Omer Bartov

For more than four hundred years, the Eastern European border town of Buczacz – today part of Ukraine – was home to a highly diverse citizenry. It was here that Poles, Ukrainian, and Jews all 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 eradicated Polish residents.

In his talk, Omer Bartov explains how ethnic cleansing doesn’t occur as is so often portrayed in popular history, with the quick ascent of a vitriolic political leader and the unleashing of military might. It begins in seeming peace, slowly and often unnoticed, with the culmination of pent-up slights and grudges and indignities. The perpetrators aren’t only sociopathic soldiers. They are neighbors and friends and family. They are also middle-aged men who come from elsewhere, often with their wives and children and parents, and settle into a life of bourgeois comfort peppered with bouts of mass murder.

Omer Bartov is the John P. Birkel and Distinguished Professor of European History at Brown University. He is the author of “Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz”, along with several other wellrespected scholarly works on the Holocaust and genocide.

The lecture is held in English.

Venue NS-Dokumentationszentrum München, Auditorium

Admission free

Organiser NS-Dokumentationszentrum München

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