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The Holocaust (Shoah)
Bucovina – Jewish Perspectives
Until the Second World War, the historical Bukovina was known as an extremely multi-ethnic and multi-religious region. Nevertheless, the (German-speaking) public perception is often dominated by accounts published in the context of the "Landsmannschaft der Buchenlanddeutschen" (Landsmannschaft of...
Digital Library of the Digital Forum Central and Eastern Europe
The Digital Forum Central and Eastern Europe e.V. (DiFMOE) has been operating a digital, freely accessible specialized library with historical documents on Eastern Europe since 2008. At the beginning of 2021, its holdings of periodicals included 245 titles, encompassing newspapers, magazines and...
Emigration, Forced Migration, and the Iron Curtain
Eastern Europe has been a "migration hot spot" since the late 19th century: Initially as a core area of overseas emigration, then of ethnic forced migration after the end of World War I. Emigration during the Cold War was nearly impossible. Today, many countries in this region benefit from the European Union's Freedom of Movement policy.
In the Enemy's Viewfinder – German photo-journalists in occupied Warsaw 1939-1945
During World War II, around 700,000 residents of Warsaw lost their lives. Almost the whole Jewish population was murdered. By 1945, Warsaw had become a ruined and almost deserted city. The photographs on show come from observations through the “Enemy's Viewfinder”, that is, through the lenses of...
Jewish German Bukovina 1918+
"Jewish-German Bukovina 1918+" is the latest digitization project of the Digital Forum Central and Eastern Europe and offers free access to historical and contemporary documents from Bukovina or related to Bukovina. The time period ranges from the end of the First World War to the present.
Max Mannheimer and his silver-gray Tatra 87
Max Mannheimer (1920-2016) was an institution, as a painter and storyteller, as a Holocaust survivor and chairman of the Dachau Camp Community.
The "Nordost-Archiv" is published in the form of annual volumes on selected topics.
On the Topography of the Shoah - Wrocław 1933-1949
The time of the Shoah in Breslau/Wrocław is a widely neglected topic that has been the subject of a research project at the TU Dresden in recent years – extending across the boundaries of national historiographies and temporal caesurae. Participants from Germany, Poland, Israel, Belgium, Italy...
Post-War Jewish Migration from the USSR and the refuseniki movement
The post-WW II Jewish migration from the Soviet Union (and also after its dissolution) is one of the largest in modern history. Altogether 2.75 million Soviet Jews left the USSR for Israel, the United States, Germany and elsewhere. The position of the Soviet state with respect to emigration was remarkably ambivalent: in some cases, it was allowed and even encouraged, in others, others; it was controlled and strongly limited. The Jewish emigration movement that arose in the late 1960s and continued throughout the 1970s-1980s became an example of resistance and activism within the authoritarian system, which increasingly alerted international attention. In one way or another, it affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and changed the appearance of many cities and towns within the Soviet Union and outside it.
Recommended Reading: Die heutige Ukraine und ihre sowjetischen Wurzeln (Today's Ukraine and its Soviet Roots)
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, Ukraine has been in the focus of world attention. Is now the hour for experts on Ukraine to be recognized and heard? The war has made many people aware of how little they actually know about this country and its history. To fill this knowledge gap or to...
Summer 1941: Jews from the Baltic States flee for their lives
The long shadow of the past. Only a few Jews from Lithuania and Latvia managed to escape the Holocaust in the Baltics. Here are some of their accounts and the reasons for their difficult escape.
The digital shift in academic communication
Digital conference for the launch of the online portal "Copernico. History and Cultural Heritage in Eastern Europe" on 12 November 2021, 9.30am - 4.30pm
Intercultural project | Film project
Vergessener Holocaust in Transnistrien? (“Forgotten Holocaust in Transnistria?”)
Decades after Rosa Zuckermann lost almost her entire family in the “forgotten Holocaust” in Transnistria, her son Felix Zuckermann sets off on a journey – along the stations she passed when she was deported. It is a journey into the past that, together with an international group of students,...
“Boys, boys, as you came, so you will leave here”
During the Second World War, Ukraine was the largest Soviet republic, with Kharkiv as the second big Ukrainian city to be fully occupied by the Germans. Kharkiv belonged to the so-called military occupation zone under the Wehrmacht’s control. Those who survived this occupation (still not well...