Holocaust in Rovno: The Massacre at Sosenki Forest, 7-9 November 1941
Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 6:15pm - 8:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room 1219
Please join the Harriman Institute for a talk by Jeffrey Burds, Northeastern University. This paper is a reconstruction of the events surrounding the German aktion that led to the massacre of some 23,500 Jewish men, women, and children at three sites in Sosenki Forest, outside Rovno, in Volhynia, Ukraine, on 7-9 November 1941. Often remembered as the second Babi Yar, the massacre of Jews in Rovno was one of dozens of similar German-sponsored large-scale anti-Jewish killing operations perpetrated in Soviet zones that marked the first autumn and winter of World War II in the East. Preceding the adoption of the Final Solution of the Jewish problem at Wannsee in January, 1942, Rovno and other German mass killings of Jews in the East were a testing ground for genocide. In Ukraine alone, more than 460,000 Jews were liquidated in a four-month period, from September to December 1941largely shot by special German units supported by local collaborationist police. This paper is based on more than a decade of research in archives in Israel, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, and the United States, supplemented by interviews with survivors. This lecture replaces the previously scheduled OPERATION TAILSPIN: The Reorientation of U.S. Intelligence from German to Soviet Targets, September 1944-July 1945, also by Jeffrey Burds.