Malenkij Robota: The Human Toll and the Politics of Memory

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Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Thursday, March 28, 201912:00PM - 2:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
M5S 3K7
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This presentation is based on the documentary book published last year by Tamas Stark, Ph.D. on the history of the deportation of civilians to the Soviet Union towards the end of the Second World War.

During the Second World War, more than 600,000 Hungarian citizens were captured by the Soviet army. One third of the prisoners were civilian internees who were deported from Hungary to the Soviet Union in 1945. The Soviet leadership did not make a distinction between civilians and soldiers and the war was seen as useful for the purpose of supplying a labor force, as well as expanding the communist system in the occupied territories. The presentation will give a detailed picture on the process of the deportation of the civilians and on their fate in Soviet forced labor camps. The presentation also tries to uncover the motives and plans of the Soviet military leadership directing the deportation of hundreds of thousands of civilians from east-central Europe during the last months of the war. Finally, the lecturer will speak about the controversial politics of memory of the current Hungarian government.


Larysa Iarovenko


Tamas Stark
Hungarian Academy of Sciences

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