Occupations and Liberations in World War II: A Workshop on New Research on the Soviet Experience


International Center for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences – Higher School of Economics (HSE); United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Russian History Seminar of Washington, DC/Georgetown Institute for Global History

Friday, October 31:  McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall

10:00 am-12:00 pm. Panel I. Contours of German/Axis Occupation: RSFSR, Ukraine, Transnistria, Poland


Seth Bernstein (HSE), “Occupation of Riazan’ and its Aftermath”

Jared McBride (Columbia), “Peasants into Ethnic Cleansers: The OUN-UPA and the Cleansing of Volhynia, 1943-1944”

Jadwiga Biskupska (USHMM/Sam Houston State University): “Nazi Occupation Policy in Warsaw: Planning and Improvisation”

Vladimir Solonari (University of Central Florida), “Nationalist Utopianism, Orientalist Imagination, and Economic Exploitation: Romanian Plans and Policies in Transnistria”

Commentator: Aviel Roshwald (Georgetown University)

12:00-1:00 pm. Lunch Break.

1:00-2:30 pm. Panel II. The Stalinist Home Front and Soviet-Style Liberation


Kristy Ironside (HSE), “The Soviet ‘Free Market’ at War”

Oleg Khlevniuk (HSE), “Restoring Power: Administrative Practices in the Liberated Soviet Territories”

Elana Jakel (Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, USHMM), “Soviet Jewish Experiences of Liberation in Ukraine”

Commentator: Eric Lohr (American University)

2:30-3:00 pm. Coffee Break

3:00-4:30 pm. Panel III. Sovietization and Alternating German/Soviet Conquests: Consequences and Entanglements


Ilya Kukulin (HSE), “Expansion as Revolution Renewed: An Approach to Soviet Poetry of 1939-1941"

Franziska Exeler (HSE), “Disentangling Nazi Occupation, Determining Guilt in Post-1944 Soviet Belorussia”

Tarik Amar (Columbia University), “Transforming a Borderland City in Conflict and Collusion: Stalinists, Nazis, and Nationalists in Lviv 1939-1947”

Commentator: Michael David-Fox (Georgetown University).

Saturday, Nov. 1:  ICC 662

NB: Enter ICC on ground level (which is 3rd floor), take stairs or elevator at the REAR of the hall to 6th floor

11:00 am-12:00 pm. Roundtable. 1945: Seventy Years Later (planning meeting for an international conference)

Moderator: Oleg Budnitskii (HSE)


Liudmila Novikova (HSE)

Michael David-Fox (Georgetown University)

Daniel Newman (Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, USHMM)    

12:00-2:00 pm. Lunch break

2:00-4:00 pm. Roundtable: New Directions for the Study of German/Axis Occupation, Stalinism, and the Holocaust on the Eastern Front

Moderator: Michael David-Fox (Georgetown University)


Aviel Roshwald (Georgetown University)

Lynne Viola (Toronto University)

Charles King (Georgetown University)