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Cycle of VWI Fellows’ Colloquia


The VWI fellows present their intermediary research results in the context of colloquia which are announced to a small audience and are open to a public audience with an academic and topical interest. The lectures are complemented by a response or commentary by an expert in the given field and are discussed with the other fellows.


Due to the previous lack of an appropriate space, the colloquia were held at other Viennese research and cultural institutions with a topical or regional connection to the given subject. From this circumstance was born the “VWI goes to …” format.


With the move to a new institute building at Rabensteig 3, the spatial circumstances have changed, so that the VWI is now happily able to invite other research and cultural institutions. Therefore, the VWI is now conducting its colloquia both externally and within its own building, in the framework of continued co-operation with other institutions.


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Diana Dumitru: From the Holocaust to the Gulag: Jewish 'Collaborators' in Stalinist Courts After World War II

Thursday, 28. March 2019, 18:30 - 20:00

Vienna Wiesenthal Institute, Research Lounge 1010 Vienna, Rabensteig 3, 3rd Floor


VWI invites the University of Klagenfurt

DumitruAs the Second World War ended, a determined Soviet state started to comb individual histories within previously occupied territories, searching for various types of 'collaborators', aiming to re-establish its grip on a profoundly shaken society. This presentation focuses on one of the most unexpected groups caught in this massive punitive act – Jewish survivors of the Holocaust. Building on archival documents originating from Soviet Moldavia, this study demonstrates that the trials of Jews accused of wrongdoing while holding leadership positions inside Romanian internment camps and ghettoes became the locus of heated moral and legal debates. While revealing a complex story of Soviet postwar social negotiations regarding the boundaries of responsibility of individuals acting under duress, this study also expands and complexifies our understanding of the Stalinist justice system.

Commented by Dieter Pohl

Diana Dumitru is a Research Fellow at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies and Associate Professor of History at Ion Creangă State University of Moldova. She has authored over thirty articles and two books. Her book The State, Antisemitism and Collaboration in the Holocaust: The Borderlands of Romania and the Soviet Union was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.

Dieter Pohl is Professor of Contemporary History with a special emphasis on Eastern and South-Eastern Europe at the University of Klagenfurt. His research interests include the history of the Soviet Union, the National Socialist occupation regime and violent crime, the Second World War in Europe and Asia, the impact of war, the history of communist systems after 1945, mass violence in the 20th century and the contemporary history of Poland and Ukraine. Pohl is a member of the Bureau of the International Committee for the History of the Second World War. He was also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI).

Please register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday, 27 March, 12.00 am and bring your ID.

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Uni Klagenfurt

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