The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education teaches the history of the Holocaust, applying its lessons to counter indifference, intolerance, and genocide. We serve Kansas, western Missouri and the Midwest.
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Join MCHE for our first annual Operation Barbarossa Commemoration – recognizing the experience of the Holocaust in the East – on June 16 at 6:30 in the Social Hall of the Jewish Community Campus. Featuring Dr. Amber N. Nickell, professor at Fort Hays State University. This event is free and open to the public. Russian translation will be provided for our Russian-speaking guests.
“We knew by then that none of our relatives in Ukraine Survived” : Soviet Jewish Experiences of the Holocaust
The Holocaust in the East, or the “Holocaust by Bullets” as scholars have since dubbed it transpired differently. Nazi killing squads murdered Soviet Jews in ravines, rivers, and cemeteries as opposed to in major killing centers like Auschwitz. Often, local collaborators joined. Sometimes, neighbors murdered neighbors. The differences between the Holocaust in Poland and Soviet territory, however, transcend the nature of killing. Soviet Jewish experiences of survival and resistance also varied tremendously from their Central and Western European counterparts. Some Soviet Jews survived via evacuation Eastward, to places like Tashkent. Many joined partisan brigades, hid in forests and catacombs, or fought with the Red Army to liberate Europe and exact retribution for their murdered family members. This presentation will give an introductory overview of Soviet Jewish experiences during the Holocaust.
Thank you for your remarkable response to the exhibition Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. All presentations from the Auschwitz Speaker Series are available here.
Additional resources provided by USHMM to begin understanding the scope of the Holocaust.
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