Re-Constructing Grassroots Holocaust Memory : The Case of the North Caucasus
Part of the Spatiotemporality / Raumzeitlichkeit series
The main objective of the book is to allocate the grass roots initiatives of remembering the Holocaust victims in a particular region of Russia which has a very diverse ethnic structure and little presence of Jews at the same time.
It aims to find out how such individual initiatives correspond to the official Russian hero-orientated concept of remembering the Second World war with almost no attention to the memory of war victims, including Holocaust victims.
North Caucasus became the last address of thousands of Soviet Jews, both evacuees and locals.
While there was almost no attention paid to the Holocaust victims in the official Soviet propaganda in the postwar period, local activists and historians together with the members of Jewish communities preserved Holocaust memory by installing small obelisks at the killing sites, writing novels and making documentaries, teaching about the Holocaust at schools and making small thematic exhibitions in the local and school museums.
Individual types of grass roots activities in the region on remembering Holocaust victims are analyzed in each chapter of the book.
1DVUA Russia, 1F Asia, 3JJ 20th century, 3JM 21st century, HBJD European history, HBJF Asian history, HBLW 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, HBLX 21st century history: from c 2000 -, HBTZ1 The Holocaust, HBWQ Second World War, PD Science: general issues