“If we do not talk about it, if we do not remember, then the world will never know. And that has made me speak about it.”

—Henry Meyer, Holocaust Survivor

Dr. Jeffrey Burds

“Holocaust in Rovno: The Massacre at Sosenki Forest, 7-9 November 1941”
Thursday, June 20, 2013, 7:30 p.m. at
Adath Israel Synagogue
3201 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236

This presentation is a reconstruction of the harrowing 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 nearly a hundred 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. Dr. Burds’ presentation will weave together never before seen documents and archival footage. Join us for this difficult, yet eye-opening and important discussion of loss, remembrance and preservation.

Professor Burds is Associate Professor of History at Northeastern University. He completed his PhD with distinction at Yale in 1990 and was part of the first wave of western historians who got almost unencumbered access to Soviet and post-Soviet archives in the 1980s and 1990s. He is the author of four books-three on Ukraine. His work has drawn from documents in archives in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the United States, and Israel. The result is an extraordinary reconceptualization of the intimacy of violence during the Holocaust, one that emphasizes the life trajectories that tied together victims and perpetrators before, during, and after World War II.

Please RSVP to The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education

(513) 487-3055 or kmorris@holocaustandhumanity.org.