Из книги: Павел Полян. Жизнь и смерть в аушвицком аду: летописцы из еврейской «зондеркоммандо» и их свитки. М.: АСТ, 2018. С. 126–136
In the history of the World War II and the Holocaust, the question of the “sonderkom-me” is one of the most painful: in death camps such units consisted of Jewish pris-oners who had to drive doomed fellow consanguineous into gas chambers, and then handle the corpses. Th e survivors testifi ed about the Nazi atrocities but has repeatedly been accused of voluntary collaboration with the enemy. Th e author provides a number of documentary evidence that allows us to take a broader look at the phenomenon itself and avoid personal attacks and biased assessments.
Preface: “The Holocaust as a Part of Soviet History”
Based on extensive collection of interviews with Soviet, mostly - Ukrainian, - Jews born before the World War II, the essay examines the problem of religious observance and attitudes to it before and after the war concentrating on the circumcision, the first rite of passage, primal in Judaism and exceedingly dangerous during the Holocaust.
Technical and historical aspects of manuscript analysis of members of the Jewish Sonderkommando in Auschwitz-Birkenau are considered.
This article explores the role played by the Eternitate memorial complex, the central site for World War II commemoration in Chişinău, as a tool and site of history politics in the Republic of Moldova. It analyzes different facets of the history of the memorial complex, focusing in particular on the years after its renovation in 2006. The article traces the evolution of the site from a Soviet military glory complex to a more multi-layered and diverse commemorative space, which even includes monuments not related to World War II. It demonstrates how commemorations at the complex interact with the complexities of history politics in independent Moldova, as well as with the culturally diverse history of Chişinău and the site itself.
Debate on the exhibit Great Patriotic War and Holocaust at the Moscow Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center.
The chapter analuses one of the most interesting periods in the relations between Russia and South Africa, when the two countries established consular relations, and when events organised by the Friends of the Soviets Union attracted thousands of sympathisers. The author analyses the reasons of both the popularity of the USSR in South Africa at the time, and its collapse soon after the war.
For the first time ever in this book - complete and unabridged - all the available Zalman Gradowski's texts are presented. The Author was one of the Sonderkommando's member at the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, who had perished on October 7, 1944 during the mutiny. His notes were discovered at the end of the Second World War in the ashes near the camp crematorium where he had worked. This testimony of the direct witness of the tragedy without any exaggeration could be branded as one of the most important Holocaust documents. This book is addressed to the widest possible readers' audience.
Spoliations de guerre et transferts culturels: Le cas du cinéma soviétique (1939-1949).
The publication includes an autobiography, a diary and letters from a young man from a former Pale of Settlement. Boris Tanis was born in 1923 into a Jewish family in Western Ukraine. After the partition of Poland, he took Soviet citizenship and, as a soldier of the Red Army, went through World War II. Boris Tanis’ diary, written in the wake of his return home to the Rivne region in 1945–1946, reflects the thoughts and feelings of a Soviet soldier who lost his family during the Holocaust. Having enthusiastically adopted the ideals of the Soviet regime, after the end of the war Boris Tanis goes to Central Asia, where he manages to make a career as an official in the construction sector. Published ego-documents may be of interest to historians of the Second World War, researchers of Jewish and Soviet history, and specialists in the history of emotions. Documents are provided with an introduction and comments.