Lecture covers Nazi treatment of Russian Jews

For Immediate Release: Jan. 26, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — Michael C. Hickey, professor of history at Bloomsburg University, will present his research as part of a lecture series created by BU’s Institute for Culture and Society.

Hickey’s lecture, “Life and Death under Nazi Occupation: Jews and the Holocaust in Smolensk, Russia,” will be offered on Monday, Feb. 9, at 5 p.m. in Centennial Hall 239. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In July 1941, the German Army captured the western Russian city of Smolensk in a region that was home to up to 30,000 Jews. Nearly half of the local Jewish population evacuated before the German forces arrived, but the other half were caught under the German occupation regime. By the time Smolensk was liberated in 1943, only a handful of its Jews remained. Hickey will discuss the experience of Smolensk’s population, especially its Jews, during the Nazi occupation.

Hickey is a specialist in modern Russian history whose published work examines the history of revolutionary politics and Jewish life in provincial Russia. His book, “Voices in Conflict in the Russian Revolution: Fighting Words,” won a 2012 American Library Association RUSA prize and was a 2011 Choice Outstanding Title. Hickey teaches courses on European, Russian and Jewish history at BU, where he is director of the Institute for Culture and Society.

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