Petryshyn Memorial Lecture: Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern


Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:30pm



"A Paradigm-Changing Day: September 29, 1966, and Ukrainian-Jewish Relations"

Looking from multiple perspectives (KGB officials and stool-pigeons, communist party leaders, Ukrainian dissidents, Zionist activists, Holocaust survivors, ordinary Kievans) this presentation sheds new light on the appearance and talk of Ivan Dziuba at the informal meeting at the Babyn Yar on September 29, 1966, the 25th anniversary of the massacre of 33,771 Kievan Jews by the Nazis.

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern is the Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies and a Professor of Jewish History in History Department at Northwestern University. He teaches a variety of courses that include early modern and modern Jewish history; Jewish material culture; history and culture of Ukraine; and Slavic-Jewish literary encounters. The mother and sister of his grandmother were shot in the Baby Yar on September 29, 1941.

His research was supported by the DAAD Foundation, Rothschild Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, Davis Center at Harvard University, Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Toronto, the Kosciuszko Foundation, Memorial Foundation of Jewish Culture, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, the Lady Davis Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

He has published more than a hundred articles and seven books and edited volumes, including The Jews in the Russian Army: Drafted into Modernity (2008, 2nd ed. 2014); The Anti-Imperial Choice: the Making of the Ukrainian Jew (2009); Lenin’s Jewish Question (2010); Jews and Ukrainians: Polin, vol. 26 (2011, co-edited with Antony Polonsky); Cultural Interference of Jews and Ukrainians: a Field in the Making (2014); The Golden-Age Shtetl: a New History of Jewish Life in East Europe, 2014, 2nd ed. 2015); Jews and Ukrainians: a millennium of coexistence (2016, co-authored with Paul Robert Magocsi; 2nd ed. 2018).

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