"Boundaries of History" - Franziska Exeler (Free University Berlin / University of Cambridge): Wartime Ghosts. Nazi Occupation and Its Aftermath in the Soviet Union
On December 13, 2018, at 6.30 pm we invite you to the seminar “Boundaries of History”. Franziska Exeler (Free University Berlin / University of Cambridge) will present an outline of her book manuskript "Wartime Ghosts. Nazi Occupation and Its Aftermath in the Soviet Union"
By the end of 1944, the Red Army had reconquered the Soviet western borderlands from the Germans. For the returning Soviet authorities, investigating what their citizens had done under Nazi occupation was a task of utmost importance. What did you do during the war – this question, however, was not only of concern to party-state officials and the Soviet secret police. It also hovered over private and public encounters between returning evacuees and colleagues, soldiers and family members, Holocaust survivors and their neighbors. Focusing on Belorussia, the talk discusses what constituted right and wrong wartime behavior in the postwar Soviet Union and examines the different means and meanings of punishment, retribution and justice.
Date: December 13, 6.30pm
Venue: St.Petersburg, 17 Promyshlennaya St., Room 412
Working language: English
Free University Berlin / University of Cambridge
Professor, Head of the Department of History, Director of the Center for Historical Research