Ashes and tears. Narrating the massacre of Kiev’s Jews

Author/s Stefano Petrungaro
Publishing Year 2021 Issue 2021/113 Language Italian
Pages 7 P. 155-161 File size 101 KB
DOI 10.3280/PASS2021-113011
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Antonella Salomoni investigates the memory of the massacre of Kiev’s Jews, which took place between the 29th-30th of September 1941, and which was perpetrated by the Nazi occupying forces, supported by local Ukrainian collaborators. The official and public discourse during the Soviet era put the emphasis on the common heroic struggle of the So-viet people against the Nazi aggression, silencing or even negating the actual anti-Semitic nature of the mass-killing. The study provides a sophisticated examination of the artistic voices which took shape in the field of poetry, music and painting, and which undertook a struggle with Soviet authorities in order to remember those facts. Notwithstanding the great emotive and professional difficulties they had to suffer, these authors fought against the official efforts at removing – even physically – the traces and memory of the massacre.

Keywords: Holocaust, Memory, Soviet Union, Ukraine

Stefano Petrungaro, La cenere e la lacrima. Per raccontare il massacro degli ebrei di Kiev in "PASSATO E PRESENTE" 113/2021, pp 155-161, DOI: 10.3280/PASS2021-113011