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Fellows for Academic Year 2018-2019

Hanna Abakunova

Hanna Abakunova

PhD in Holocaust History, University of Sheffield

Title of Research:

"Ukrainians and Others in the World War II: Interethnic Relations and Rescue of Jews and Roma in Southern Ukraine"


Abakunova will examine interethnic relations during the Holocaust in the Mykolayiv and Kherson oblasts between two major groups of victims: Jews and Roma, on the one hand, and those who came to their assistance (mainly Ukrainians, but also Crimean Tatars and ethnic Germans) on the other. Drawing on archival materials and individual memories of these ethnic groups, Abakunova will contribute to the mutual understanding of commonly shared war experience that, according to her, must be viewed as a tragic integral part of the history of Ukraine and Ukrainians.