Listening into silences

What Soviet Postwar Trial Materials Resist to Reveal about the Holocaust

  • Diana Dumitru Ion Creanga State University
Keywords: postwar trials, Soviet Union, violence

Abstract

This article draws on Soviet postwar investigations of crimes and trial materials in order to illuminate how the representation of wartime anti-Jewish violence shapes contemporary historians’ knowledge of the Holocaust. The study intertwines two different but tightly con-nected strands of analysis: the first delineates gaps in Soviet postwar trial documentation while placing them in the sources’ specific legal and social contexts. The second thread of inquiry highlights the challenges resulting for the study of the Holocaust.

Published
2020-05-08