Blavatnik Archive collects memories and testimonies from Soviet Jewish soldiers who fought during WWII in the Red Army
With over 30 million men, the Soviet Red Army was the largest and most ethnically diverse armed force ever assembled. 450,000 of these troops were Soviet-Jewish soldiers. The Blavatnik Archive is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to preserving and disseminating primary source materials that contribute to the study of 20th century Jewish and world history, with a special emphasis on World War I, World War II, and Soviet Russia. The Archive was founded in 2005 by American industrialist and philanthropist Len Blavatnik to reflect his commitment to cultural heritage, and expand his support for primary-source-based scholarship and education. Primarily through its metadata-rich, item-based website, the Archive shares its holdings as widely as possible for research, education, and public enrichment.
On the occasion of the day of remembrance on Sunday, October 18th 2020, Luxembourg commemorated the women and men who were conscripted into the Nazi organizations and forces. 3614 women were among the nearly 12,000 affected. 58 women died. Articles and reports about the fate of the women were broadcasted and published during the last days – and give the project “WARLUX” a unique source to conduct further research about the biographies of these women.
First presentation at a public academic conference with Arbeitskreis Deutsch-Niederländische Geschichte, Arbeitskreis Historische Belgienforschung, Fachinformationsdienst Benelux / Low Countries Studies due to Covid-19 with zoom app in a digital format on September 25, 2020.
After the launch and hours in archives and libraries, such as scanners, and behind the screen of the database – finally “public” and presenting first results of WARLUX. Continue reading WARLUX goes on Zoom→
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