Online lecture “Victims and Victors: Holocaust in Collective Memory of the Mountain Jews” (Tue Jun 15 2021 at 03:45 pm UTC+02:00)

The Richard Pipes Laboratory

at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences

invites you to a talk by

Mateusz Majman (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich):

Victims and Victors: Holocaust in Collective Memory of the Mountain Jews

Irina Rebrova (Center for Research on Antisemitism TU Berlin).
Kiril Feferman (Ariel University).

Discussion will be led by Bartłomiej Krzysztan (Institute of Political Studies of Polish Academy of Sciences).

In this lecture, Mateusz Majman will present the research he conducted among the Mountain Jewish communities in the North Caucasus and Israel. His study investigates the experiences of this group during World War II and, specifically, explores the collective memory of Caucasian Jews, both among those whose ancestors survived the Holocaust and among the descendants of the inhabitants of the unoccupied territories. To understand the dynamics of Holocaust memory, Majman focuses his study on members of this ethnic group who come from two North Caucasian republics – Kabardino-Balkaria and Dagestan – and who now live in Russia or Israel. More importantly, this project aims at understanding the experiences of a minority within Jewish society and how Soviet/Russian and Israeli discourses on the war and the Holocaust shaped by the majority influenced the formation of a unique culture of memory – in the limbo between the Great Patriotic War and the destruction of European Jewry — that created its own forms of remembrance and commemoration.

Mateusz Majman is a doctoral candidate in Jewish history at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and a research associate at the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Scholarship Fund. His interests include oral history, Holocaust Studies, Caucasology, migration, and transnational history. His dissertation explores how the Mountain Jews as a collective perpetuate the memory of the genocide committed against their nation during World War II. His research is based primarily on multi-generational oral history interviews conducted in Russia and Israel. In his work, he analyzes the factors that shape the culture of Holocaust remembrance in two countries where memory takes completely different forms. He presents a community partially excluded from the post-Soviet and Israeli communities of memory while struggling to connect with hegemonic national historical memories.
Before coming to the LMU, Mateusz received a BA in Hebrew Studies from Warsaw University and an MA in Jewish Studies from the University of Heidelberg. He was also a visiting student at the Saint Petersburg State University and at Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Stockholm. This year two of his articles and a chapter in a collective monograph on the history of Caucasian Jews will be published.

Irina Rebrova is a historian, working as a researcher at the Center for Research on Antisemitism TU Berlin, she is a Research Associate at the Hadassah Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University, USA. She also holds a Russian PhD degree (candidate of science in history) and MA in sociology (Gender studies). She has published a number of articles on Oral History, Gender History and Social Memory on World War II in Russian, English and German academic journals and edited collections. Her newest book is “Re-Constructing Grassroots Holocaust Memory: the Case of the North Caucasus” (De Gruyter, 2020). Her current project deals with the creation and curation the travelling exhibition about people with disabilities and Jewish doctors who became Nazi victims in Russia during World War II (
Kiril Feferman – Senior lecturer, Ariel University. Areas of expertise: Holocaust in the occupied Soviet areas, World War 2, history of totaliarianism. Wrote extensively on these topics, with an emphasis on the Crimea and the Caucasus.
Registration: lab.pipes