Presenting a largely unknown chapter of Jewish history, conversations with veterans who fought in the Soviet Red Army during WWII offer invaluable insight into the momentous events of nearly 70 years ago.
Unforgettable stories about valor and fear, daily life, women at the front, Jewish identity and encounters with the Holocaust are discussed with an esteemed academic panel to highlight the unique Jewish experience of life at the front.
Accompanying this panel discussion is an original exhibition in the Milton J. Weill Gallery that presents and contextualizes a selection of remarkable stories, images and reflections from Soviet Jewish soldiers during the war. The exhibition runs from Oct 25 – Dec 4, 2011. For more information please visit www.blavatnikarchive.org.
Samuel Norich is the publisher of the Forward and the Forverts, America’s most highly regarded Jewish media organization. He was executive director of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research from 1980 to 1992.
Vadim Altskan joined the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC in 1993 and currently serves as a senior project director for the USHMM International Archival Programs Division, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.
Jonathan Brent is the executive director of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Brent served as editorial director of Yale University Press (1991-2009) and is founder of its distinguished Annals of Communism series. He has published numerous interviews and essays on Mr. Roth. Brent is co-author of Stalin’s Last Crime: The Plot Against the Jewish Doctors, 1948-1953; Inside the Stalin Archives; and is currently writing a biography of the Soviet Jewish writer Isaac Babel. He also teaches History and Literature at Bard College.
This lecture is presented in cooperation with the Blavatnik Archive.
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