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One-Day Series of Events at Howard Community College to Explore Holocaust History

“Routes to Disappearance” Features Oral History of Jewish and Roma Survivors in Ukraine

Columbia, MD – Howard Community College will present a special one-day exhibit, presentation, and roundtable on Tuesday, October 9, which explores the lives of Jews and Roma survivors during the Holocaust in Transnistria (territory of occupied Ukraine controlled by Romania during World War II). All activities will take place in the college’s Smith Theatre, located in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The one-day schedule is as follows:

  • 10 a.m. – “Routes to Disappearance” exhibit opens. The exhibit features oral histories, original photographs and documents from the family archives of survivors, along with research materials. This exhibit has been presented in the Moldova Republic, Ukraine, Russia, and the Czech Republic.
  • 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Anna Abakunova, one of the exhibit’s historical researchers, will talk about her research and the exhibit, politics of the Nazis toward Jews and Roma, and the role of German allies and ordinary Ukrainian citizens during the Holocaust. She will be joined by Manny Mandel, a Maryland resident and survivor, who will share stories about his family life during the Holocaust and his experiences with Hungarian allies. A question and answer session is included.
  • 2 – 3:30 p.m. – A roundtable will discuss Jewish and Roma self-rescue and the rescue of Jews by Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars. The participants are: Anna Abakunova, historical researcher at the University of Sheffield (UK); Dr. Hanael Bianchi, assistant professor and chair of historical studies at Howard Community College; Howard Kaidanow, Holocaust survivor; and Dr. Huseyin Oylupinar from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.
Speaker Anna Abakunova, a doctoral researcher in history at the University of Sheffield (UK), collaborated with researchers from Poland and the Ukraine to conduct oral history research of Jewish and Roma survivors who were deported to Transnistria. The team also interviewed Jewish eyewitnesses who survived under the Romanian occupation. Abakunova is the author of more than 20 publications on the Holocaust, which have been published in Ukraine, Poland, Russia, and Romania.
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