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Lives of the Great Patriotic War: The Untold Stories of Soviet Jewish Soldiers in the Red Army During World War II

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Please join us for a series of discussions and film screenings in concert with Lives of the Great Patriotic War, an exhibition presented by the Harvard Library in partnership with the Blavatnik Archive Foundation.

 

The Lives of the Great Patriotic War exhibition focuses on Jewish participation in the Soviet Armed Forces during WWII (known in Russia as the Great Patriotic War). Featuring war-time diaries, letters, photographs and contemporary oral testimonies, the exhibition brings to life a largely unknown chapter of Jewish history: the participation of 500,000 Soviet Jewish soldiers in the ifght against German fascism.

 

The exhibition runs from October 23–November 26, 2014 in Pusey Library, Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm. No Harvard ID is required.

 

October 23, 2014

4:30–5:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Then and Now – US and Russian Relations Since WWII
with Graham T. Allison and R. Nicholas Burns, moderated by Tracy Palandjian, AB '93, MBA '97

Barker Center, Thompson Room
Harvard University, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

 

5:30–6:30 pm
Reception and Exhibit Opening

Pusey Library
Harvard University, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA
 

October 28, 2014

5:30–7:00 pm
Jews and the Soviet Multiethnic State
Professor Terry Martin, George F. Baker III Professor of Russian Studies

Room S020, Belfer Case Study Room
Center for Government and International Studies South
 

November 4, 2014

6:00–7:30 pm
War and Holocaust on the Russian Front
Jeffrey Burds, Associate Professor for History, Northeastern University
Joshua Rubenstein, Davis Center Associate
Maxim Shrayer, Professor of Russian, English and Jewish Studies, Boston College

Room S020, Belfer Case Study Room
Center for Government and International Studies South
 

November 8, 2014

7:00 pm
Film Screening: Maidan

Maidan (2014) chronicles civil unrest in Kiev, Ukraine in 2014 and 2014, following the progress of revolution. With director Sergei Loznitsa in person.
Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St.
 

November 9, 2014

7:00 pm
Film Screening: My Joy

My Joy (2010) is the story of a few days in the life of a truck driver sucked into the everyday madness of his country; a dark parable of Ukraine. With director Sergei Loznitsa in person.
Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St.
 

November 15, 2014

7:00 pm
Film Screening: In the Fog

In the German-occupied western frontier of the USSR in 1942, a man is wrongly accused of collaboration. Directed by Sergei Loznitsa (2012).
Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St.
 

November 17, 2014

5:00 pm
Film Screening: Blockade and Reflections

Pieced together from footage from the Soviet film archive, Blockade highlights Hitler's siege of Leningrad during WWII.
Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St.
 

November 17, 2014

7:00 pm
Film Screening: Sergei Loznitsa Short Films

Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St.