The Murder of a Town in Eastern Galicia
This lecture will reconstruct the destruction of the multiethnic town of Buczacz in Polish Eastern Galicia, now in Western Ukraine, during World War II. During the German occupation of 1941-44, the vast majority of the Jewish inhabitants were murdered, and the Polish population was ethnically cleansed by Ukrainian nationalists. How was a community of coexistence transformed into a community of genocide? This lecture investigates the daily life of genocide as reflected through the documents, eyewitness reports, postwar trials, testimonies, and memoirs of its inhabitants and the men and women who occupied the town and spent several comfortable years in the midst of the horror they facilitated.
This lecture is free and open to the public, and was made possible through the generosity of Harry and Marjorie Tobias. Free and open to the public.
Sponsor: Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies