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Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Presents

Natalie Belsky, "Shelter from the Holocaust: Rethinking Jewish Survival in the Soviet Union"

3/22/18, 6:00 PM

About this event

In the wake of the Nazi onslaught into Poland and the USSR, hundreds of thousands of Polish and Soviet Jews found refuge in the Soviet interior, particularly in Siberia and Central Asia. Some had been deported to these areas by Soviet authorities, others had been evacuated by the Soviet state in the wake of the invasion, and still others fled east on their own in the months following the invasion. This talk will explore the wartime experiences of Jewish survivors and families who spent the war years in the Urals, Siberia and Central Asia, making sites like Tashkent (Uzbekistan) and Alma-Ata (Kazakhstan) temporary hubs of Jewish life and culture. It will consider the new communities created in these areas and the interesting and often-surprising encounters that took place between displaced and local communities.

Natalie Belsky is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Her areas of research include Soviet history, East European Jewish History, and migration and displacement studies. Her current project examines displaced populations in the USSR during the Second World War.

Presented by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, cosponsored by the Immigration History Research Center and the Russian-American Jews in Minnesota.
Event Location
  • Heller Hall, Room 1210
  • 271 19th Avenue South
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA