Barbara Epstein: “Belorussians, the State, and Anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union: Perspectives of Minsk Ghetto Survivors”

Barbara Epstein: “Belorussians, the State, and Anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union: Perspectives of Minsk Ghetto Survivors”

Barbara Epstein, Professor of History of Consciousness at UCSC, continues work emerging from The Minsk Ghetto 1941-1943: Jewish Resistance and Soviet Internationalism (California, 2008), which described cooperation between Jews and non-Jews in World War II Minsk. Interviews with ghetto survivors in Minsk and Israel yield assertions that relations between Jews and Belorussians were excellent before the war and deteriorated afterwards as a result of exclusively state-driven anti-Semitism.