Sovietization on the Jewish Street: Polish Jewish Responses to the New Order in 1939
Eliyana AdlerPennsylvania State University
April 3, 2017 / 4.00 pm
Center for Urban History, Lviv
This presentation examined the ways in which Soviet policies were introduced in the Polish territories acquired in 1939, as well as how Polish Jews responded to their changed circumstances. The research is based primarily on memoirs and testimonies produced by refugees who fled their homes under German occupation to the cities in Western Ukraine and Western Belarus. It is part of a larger project about Polish Jews who survived World War II in the unoccupied regions of the USSR. For today the focus will be on Lviv and Bialystok in particular, and how the urban environment both complicated and eased the adjustment of the refugees.
Urban Seminar will be held in English.
Сover Image: Białystok under Soviet occupation, 1941 (Plaque with inscriptions in Yiddish: Election Day for Delegates to the People's Assembly of Western Belarus)