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Disentangling Nazi Occupation. Guilt, Punishment, and Justice in the Post-World War II Soviet Union

By the end of 1944, the Red Army had reconquered the Soviet western borderlands from the Germans. Investigating what their citizens had done under Nazi occupation was a task of utmost importance for the returning Soviet authorities. What did you do during the war – this question, however, was not only of concern to party-state officials and the secret police. It also hovered over private and public encounters between returning evacuees and colleagues, soldiers and family members, Holocaust survivors and their neighbors. Focusing on Belorussia, the presentation discusses what constituted right and wrong wartime behavior in the postwar Soviet Union and examines the different means and meanings of punishment, retribution, and justice.
Franziska Exeler is a postdoctoral fellow at the International Center for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. She received her Ph.D. in History from Princeton University and is currently working on a book titled "Reckonings. Disentangling Nazi Occupation in the Soviet European Borderlands".



Monday, November 17, 2014. 12:00 PM


Philippines Conference Room


CREEES Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies




Open to Stanford affiliates. RSVP requested.