Wallstein Verlag

Childhood during War and Genocide


Agency, Survival, and Representation

Ed. by Joanna Beata Michlic, Yuliya von Saal, and Anna Ullrich

Reihe: European Holocaust Studies; Bd. 5


Child survivors of the Armenian Genocide, jewish child survivors of the Holocaust, non-jewish slavic children, and war children of the Second World War


EHS Volume 5 presents child-oriented research approaches by scholars from the fields of Holocaust Studies, Genocide Studies, and Second World War History. The authors highlight key concepts of Childhood Studies, arguing that children are historical actors with their own ideas, identity-forming experiences, and agency. The contributions demonstrate the importance of children`s accounts of war and postwar experiences for deeper understanding of the history of war and society in the twentieth century. The volume showcases a variety of children`s voices including child survivors of the Armenian Genocide, Jewish child survivors of the Holocaust, non-Jewish Slavic children, and war children of the Second World War by utilising testimonies from lesser-known archival and oral history collections.
Includes:
Edita Gzoyan: Forcibly Transferred and Assimilated: Experiences of Armenian Children during the Armenian Genocide.
Dieter Steinert: Echoes from Hell: Jewish Child Forced Labourers and the Holocaust.
Oksana Vynnyk: Surviving Starvation in Soviet Ukraine: Children and Soviet Healthcare in the early 1930s.
Joanna Beata Michlic

Joanna Beata Michlic was a social and cultural historian specializing in the history of the Holocaust and its memory in Europe, East European Jewish childhood, the rescue of Jews, and antisemitism and nationalism in Europe. In January 2023, she began ...

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Anna Ullrich

Anna Ullrich is a research associate at the Center for Holocaust Studies at the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History in Munich and project manager for the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI). Her research interests include Jewish-German ...

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Yuliya von Saal

Yuliya von Saal is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History in Munich. Her research interests include the history of the Soviet Union and childhood, the Holocaust, and the Second World War and sexual violence. She is ...

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