Memories of the front – Digital archive of Soviet Jewish soldiers in WWII

Blavatnik Archive collects memories and testimonies from Soviet Jewish soldiers who fought during WWII in the Red Army

https://www.blavatnikarchive.org/story/wwii-front

 

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.

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Field Postcards

Introducing new sub section on the blog – the field postcard

Field post card

/ˈfiːld ˌpəʊst/ Noun

>Postal system in wartime, through which the postal connections between troops and home as well as within the troops (duty-free) are established

In this new section news, announcements or the introduction to our data collection at the Warlux project will be presented.

Collection Yves Rasqui, Hosingen – Britz, Pierre (Pionier-Kompanie 221) to Schmit, Mathilde, Ulflingen April 1943

First interview conducted with witness

The Warlux team conducted its first interview with a woman from Walferdange.

Interview (stock picture)

Born in 1927, she had been drafted on the 18th August 1944 and so was due to be sent to Germany. The war ended a few days later and she escaped the labour service (Reichsarbeitsdienst).

The team she talked about her fear of being sent to the German Reich and the consequences for her family. She told the warlux project about life under occupation and the liberation by the U.S. troops.

The interview was conducted via phone because of safety and health restrictions due to Covid-19.

We will transcribe the interview and add her story with her name to our data base and use her biography in our analysis of life sequences of the affected people.

Testimonies from women who were conscripted in the Reichsarbeitsdienst and kriegshilfsdienst

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.

Marie Bonichaux shows here Reichsarbeitsdienst documents (RTLDen Temoignage vun der Madamm Marie Bonichaux – Vum Dany Rasqué (Radio), Monica Camposeo (Télé)|Update: 18.10.2020 19:28)

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WARLUX goes on Zoom

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.

https://www.fid-benelux.de/2020/08/28/workshop-historische-beneluxforschung-und-digital-history/

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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