A Loss: The Death of a Soldier Told by His Sister


Wednesday, October 5, 2022, 12:00pm to 1:30pm


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Olesya Khromeychuk, Historian and Director of the Ukrainian Institute, London
Moderated by Emily Channell-Justice, Director, Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program, HURI


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This event also kicks of the Fall 2022 TCUP Book Club, which will read A Loss throughout the month of October. The book club is open to anyone and engaged on Twitter and through email. More information.

Book Description

This book is the story of one death among many in the war in eastern Ukraine. Its author is a historian of war whose brother was killed at the frontline in 2017 while serving in the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Olesya Khromeychuk takes the point of view of a civilian and a woman, perspectives that tend to be neglected in war narratives, and focuses on the stories that play out far away from the warzone.

Through a combination of personal memoir and essay, Khromeychuk attempts to help her readers understand the private experience of this still ongoing but almost forgotten war in the heart of Europe and the private experience of war as such. This book will resonate with anyone battling with grief and the shock of the sudden loss of a loved one.

This book was recently republished in the UK as The Death of a Soldier Told by His Sister, with a foreword by Philippe Sands and an introduction by Andrey Kurkov.

About the Speaker

Olesya Khromeychuk Olesya Khromeychuk is a historian and writer. She received her PhD in History from University College London. She has taught the history of East-Central Europe at the University of Cambridge, University College London, the University of East Anglia, and King’s College London. She is author of  A Loss. The Story of a Dead Soldier Told by His Sister (Stuttgart: ibidem, forthcoming) and ‘Undetermined’ Ukrainians. Post-War Narratives of the Waffen SS ‘Galicia’ Division (Peter Lang, 2013). She is currently the Director of the Ukrainian Institute London.

Moderator: Emily Channell-Justice, Director, Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University

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