Hugo Valentin-föreläsningen 2009: Professor Omer Bartov
Personal Accounts of the Destruction of Buczacz, Eastern Galicia, 1941–1944
Professor Omer Bartov
Brown University, Providence, R.I.
The 7th Annual Hugo Valentin Lecture is being given by professor Omer Bartov, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, one of the world’s most prominent scholars of the Holocaust and on genocide. With several innovative studies he has contributed to rewriting the history of the Wehrmacht’s role during the Holocaust, and deepened our understanding of the phenomena of genocide. In recent years he has been exploring the multiethnic province of Galicia, between Ukraine and Poland. For centuries Galicia was also a significant Jewish cultural habitat, until its eradication by the Nazis after the German attack on the Soviet Union in 1941. In this research, Bartov is investigating interethnic relations in Galicia over an extended timespan with the aim of reconstructing the transformation from a society built on coexistence to the collapse into genocidal violence under external pressure. The focal point is the small city of Bučač between L’viv and Chernivtsi whose Jewish population was murdered by the Nazis and local collaborators. The cultural milieu of the city is illustrated by the fact that Bučač was the birthplace of luminaries such as the Nobel Prize laureate S. Y. Agnon, historian Emanuel Ringelblum, and the hunter of Nazi war criminals, Simon Wiesenthal.
Tuesday 10 March 2009 at 19:15
Lecture Hall X, University Main Building