29.09.2021

The mass shootings during the Holocaust as a criminal process. An international academic conference will take place in Kyiv

An international academic conference "The mass shootings during the Holocaust as a criminal process" will take place in Kyiv on October 5. The event dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the Babyn Yar tragedy is held by the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center. Leading Ukrainian and foreign experts, well-known Holocaust researchers from Ukraine, Germany, the USA, France, and Israel will take part in the conference.


What was the criminal process of mass shootings by German perpetrators during the Holocaust? In places like Babyn Yar, Bogdanovka, or Mineralnye Vody, was there a common template, a common methodology? Were the participants of the shootings personally responsible or just following orders? How mass shootings and perpetrators are presented in criminal proceedings? Well-known scientists will answer all these questions during the conference.


Introduction speeches: Dani Dayan, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center.

Keynote: Patrick Desbois, Head of Academic Council at the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center, President of Yahad in Unum.


I. A common procedure during the Holocaust by bullets? (9:40 – 11:00) – chair: Prof. Dr. Victoria Khiterer


– Bogdanovka – Alexander Kruglov, Ukrainian historian, senior research advisor of the Institute for Holocaust Studies in Eastern Europe at the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center. Member of Academic Council at Babyn Yar Memorial Center.

– Kherson – Yurii Kaparulin, Ukrainian historian, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Associate Professor of International and Public Law and Law Enforcement, Kherson State University.

– Babyn Yar – Martin Dean, Adjunct Professor for Twentieth-Century History at Kean University, New Jersey. Member of Academic Council at Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center


II. Personal responsibility or following orders? (11:20 – 12:40) – chair: Prof. Dr. Kai Struve


– Personal motivations of the personnel – Edward B. Westermann, Associate professor of history at Texas A&M University, Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

– Ideology or personnel gain – Christian Ingrao, Professor of History, research director at The French National Centre for Scientific Research.

– The Complexity of Evil. Modeling perpetration in genocide – Timothy Williams, Professor of Insecurity and Social Order, executive board of the International Association of Genocide Scholars and is section editor of the Journal of Perpetrator Research.


III. Presentation of the crime in post war investigations and trials? (13:40 – 14:40) – chair: Prof. Dr. Vladyslav Hrynevych


– The investigations of the soviet extraordinary commission – Kiril Feferman, Professor of History, member of Academic Council at Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center, current head of the Holocaust History Center at Ariel University.

– The KGB investigations – Yuri Radchenko, candidate of Historical Sciences, Director of the Center for the Study of Interethnic Relations in Eastern Europe, Senior Lecturer at "Kharkiv Collegium".

– German Post-War investigations – Andrej Umansky, Deputy Head of Academic Council at BYHMC, Secretary General of Yahad In Unum.


Detailed program at the link.


Join the discussion online. The broadcast will take place on the official Facebook page of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center.

Questions to the speakers are invited to be asked in the comments.

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