Re-examining the West Ukrainian Prison Massacre of 1941

August 31, 2017

Society member Dr. Alexander J. Motyl professor of political science at Rutgers-Newark and specialist on Ukraine, Russia, and the USSR, along with  Dr. Ksenia Kiebuzynski, Slavic Librarian and Collection Development Department Head, , Petro Jacyk Central & East European Resource Centre, University of Toronto Libraries, have collaborated to edit “The Great West Ukrainian Prison Massacre of 1941. A Sourcebook.” published by Amsterdam University Press. 2016.

The Great West Ukrainian Prison Massacre оf 1941 is important for several reasons. First, although it is one of the greatest atrocities committed, by the Soviet state, the Massacre is largely unknown. Second, the Massacre is critical to an understanding of state-sponsored mass killings in the twentieth century and to human rights violations more generally. Third, the Massacre is central to making sense of Ukrainian and Polish attitudes toward World War II, Germany, the Soviet Union, and Jews. How nationally conscious Ukrainians and Poles responded to World War II and the Holocaust cannot be understood without an appreciation of the magnitude of the trauma of the Massacre of 1941.

Join Dr. Motyl as he presents the new book on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 5:00 PM at the Shevchenko Scientific Society, 63 Fourth Avenue, New York, NY.