All the Other Neighbors: Communal Genocide in Eastern Europe

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Abstract

This chapter explores the dynamics of mass killings of Jews and offers some explanations for the native population behavior in the context of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe. It considers the phenomenon of communal genocide during the Holocaust in Eastern Europe. The chapter reviews how historians (and the public) have analyzed (or ignored) this form of genocide, which was most often carried out by locals, not the Nazis themselves. It also explores the history of local massacre and how the Nazis harnessed it. The chapter examines the bloody communal violence that occurred in Lwow in the summer of 1941. It provides an overview of the modern memory of such violence and some explanations for the phenomenon of communal violence in the Holocaust. The chapter deals with the communal aspects of genocide by non-Germans.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to the Holocaust
EditorsSimone Gigliotti, Hilary Earl
Place of PublicationHoboken, NJ
PublisherWiley
Pages153-172
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781118970492
ISBN (Print)9781118970485, 9781118970522
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

Publication series

NameWiley Blackwell Companions to World History

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