The Janowska Camp at the Center of the Holocaust in Galicia

The Janowska Camp at the Center of the Holocaust in Galicia

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Dr. Waitman Wade Beorn

University of Virginia

6.3.2018, 18:30

Center for Urban History, Lviv

The Janowska camp complex in Lwów was responsible for the murder of at least 80,000 Jews yet has received relatively little academic treatment.  The camp is of particular interest to historians of the Holocaust due to its hybrid nature as slave labor camp, transit camp, and extermination center.  This lecture will details and analyze these functions while showing how the camp itself was central to the Holocaust in Lviv and in Galicia.

The lecture will be held in English, with simultaneous interpretation provided.

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Dr. Waitman Wade Beorn

is currently a Lecturer in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. He is also a consultant and writer for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Dr. Beorn was previously the Director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond, VA.  He received his PhD in History from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 2011. His first book “Into Darkness: The Wehrmacht and the Holocaust in Belarus” examines the complicity of the German Army in the Holocaust in the Soviet Union. Dr. Beorn is currently preparing a major project on the Janowska concentration camp outside of Lviv, Ukraine.  This book project is tentatively entitled “Between the Wires: The Janowska Camp and the Holocaust in Lviv”.

"Lwów, לעמבערג‎, Львів, Lemberg, Lviv’43: The City that did (not) Survive" is a series of memorial activities to commemorate the 75th anniversary of liquidation of the ghetto and Janowska concentration camp in Lviv. Throughout March-November, 2018, the city will host lectures, exhibitions, and memorial concerts. The program is running with support of Lviv City Council, and in partnership with research, museum, and cultural organization of the city, such as the Memorial Museum of Totalitarian Regimes "Territory of Terror," Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, Charity Fund Hesed-Arje, Lviv Organ and Chamber Music Hall, "Collegium Musicum" Music Agency, Jewish Studies Program at UCU, Charity fund B’ney B’rit "Leopolis" named after Emil Domberger.


Cover Image: Central entrance to the Janowska death camp, 1944. Lviv Historical Museum / Urban media archive

Gallery Image by Iryna Sereda