Suppressed Memory: Commemoration of the Holocaust in the Soviet Unionand post-Soviet countries
I would like to create a panel for the 2014 AJS Conference, December 14-16, 2014 in Baltimore, on the perception and memorialization of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet countries.
Why was the Holocaust a forbidden topic in the Soviet Union? Why did the Soviet authorities not allow the construction of monuments to the victims of the Holocaust? What role did the state and popular anti-Semitism play in this prohibition? How, despite the ban, did Soviet Jews and the liberal gentile intelligentsia commemorate the victims of the Holocaust? What is the current situation with commemoration of the Holocaust in post-Soviet countries? How is the collaboration of the local population with the Nazis discussed today?
I plan to present my paper on the commemoration and memorialization of the Holocaust in Babi Yar (Kiev). I will show that not only the state, but also popular anti-Semitism, postponed the construction of a monument in Babi Yar for a long time. I will discuss how public opinion in the Soviet Union and abroad influenced the decision of the authorities to finally build a monument in Babi Yar in 1976. I will also analyze the current situation with the memorialization of the victims of the Holocaust in Kiev.
I am looking for a panel chair, two presenters and a discussant.
Victoria Khiterer, Ph.D., Millersville University
Victoria Khiterer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
Director of the Conference
on the Holocaust and Genocide
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