Ukrainian-Jewish-Soviet relations during the civil war in Russia
Dr. Simon RabinovichBoston University
June 30, 2011 / 4.15 pm
Center for Urban History, Lviv
Dr. Simon Rabinovich gave an open lecture for the 2nd annual "Jewish History and Culture of East-Central Europe" Summer School.
This lecture explores the complexities of Ukrainian-Jewish-Soviet relations during the and after the civil war, through a case-study examining one individual, and a few documents. The lecture relates the story of Abraham Revutsky who in 1919 briefly served as Minister for Jewish Affairs in the government of the independent Ukrainian National Republic. This government, also known as the Directory, struggled and failed to impose order in the midst of civil war, and the anti-Jewish violence that took place throughout Ukriane during its tenure came to be associated in the Jewish popular memory with the head of the Directory, Semyon Petliura. We will discuss the unknown story of Revutsky's attempt to "rehabilitate" himself following his conviction in absentia for supposed anti-Soviet activities; his motivations, how he framed his petition, and what his story can tell us about perceptions of Soviet power among Jewish socialists at the time.
Сover Image: Jews in prewar Lviv, west Ukraine. Boznicza Str., 1931-35