on 20 August 2010
Omer Bartov's short book is overpriced (do academic publishers only sell books to university libraries?) but tells an important story. This is the journey of a major historian of the Holocaust and World War II through his ancestral homeland of East Galicia, now West Ukraine. He visits cities and towns which once had majority Jewish populations (or majority Jewish and Polish populations) and finds that, as the title indicates, this history has been forgotten by the Ukrainians who now live there. The few surviving traces of the Jewish past are being left to rot. Even worse, statues are instead being erected to right-wing Ukrainian nationalists who were victims of Stalin but who were also themselves collaborators with the Nazis and murderers of Jews (and Poles). Ukraine suffered more than almost any other country in the twentieth century but this does not excuse the double erasure that the extreme nationalists of West Ukraine have performed: of the crimes of the OUN and UPA, and of the Jewish heritage of the region.
on 28 September 2014
The book is a complete decripton of the existence of the Jewish Community Galicia before the Holocaust. The one of the most important historian, prof. Omer Bartov, recostructed the traces of the Jewish's life which have been distructed by the Nazis and their Ukranian nationalist collaborators. He also pointed out the disappearing traces of the very important Jewish life of the past in the present Ukraine and at their places the erected monuments to the former Nationalist "Heroes" which collaborated with the Nazis. The history of the vanished comunities in the Shoah are very magnifically described by the author.