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Elena Ivanova. Calling Fire upon Myself: Situation of the Jews under the “New Order” of Hitler’s Occupiers, 1941–1943.

Elena  Ivanova.  Calling  Fire  upon Myself: Situation of the Jews under the
“New  Order” of Hitler’s  Occupiers, 1941–1943. I.A. Altman, L.A.Terushkin, E.V. Testova (compilers). I.A .Altman (ed.). Moscow: Russian Holocaust Center; Rostov on Don: Feniks, 2012. 160 pp. In Russian.
This book has a unique history and a unique author. Elena Alexeevna Ivanova was a great nephew of Fedor Dostoevski. She authored many books on Soviet partisans and underground workers during the Great Patriotic war, and a village teacher.  She amassed a huge documentary collection, which served as a basis of the first Soviet TV series  on the war  “Calling  fire  upon ourselves”. The last doing in her life, which took  her more  than ten years,  was  a collection of evidence on Holocaust and Jewish resistance. Her efforts led to the opening of a memorial dedicated to the Jews murdered in Roslavl in Smolensk district.
In the late 1960 s–1970 s this topic was actually tabooed in the Soviet Union. Nevertheless, Elena Ivanova prepared for publication her manuscript. It is based on the author’s  field diary  in which she recorded information collected through oral history methods, i. e. by questioning  her country fellowmen and other respondents. Certainly there was no chance that her book would be published in her life time.
The audience for this publication based on the manuscripts  from the author’s
more on the history of the Holocaust and
the Second World War.
Publication of this new series is supported by the Russian Jewish Congress.


 
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