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Vasily Grossman and Anatoly Rybakov: Soviet Sources of Historical Memory of the Holocaust

  • Alexis Pogorelskin
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Abstract

The Holocaust began in the Soviet Union, almost immediately after Operation Barbarossa commenced. Awareness of the Holocaust emerged as the Red Army pushed West after the victory at Stalingrad. Vasilii Grossman, a reporter for Krasnaia zvezda, the Red Army newspaper, made some of the first and most important contributions to that awareness abroad. This chapter pairs Grossman with another Soviet novelist of the war, Anatolii Rybakov, also Jewish, who lost family members under German occupation. Best known for his Arbat trilogy, Rybakov wrote Heavy Sand, a novel devoted to the fate of Russian Jews in German-occupied territory. This chapter addresses issues of textual representation in the country where the mass slaughter of the Holocaust first occurred, explaining why publication of these works was so long delayed and why they appeared when they did.

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  • Alexis Pogorelskin
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  1. 1.University of Minnesota-DuluthDuluthUSA

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