Diana DUMITRU

Academic Years:
2016/2017
2011/2012

Research Programs:
PoM Returning
BSL Black Sea Link

Affiliation:
Ion Creangă State University of Moldova

Position:
Associate professor, NEC BSL Alumna

Country:
Moldova

Research project: Traumatic Encounters: Jews, Gentiles, and the Soviet State in the aftermath of the Holocaust (2016/2017)

The Soviet regime’s position toward its Jewry followed a perplexing trajectory during its 72 year history. If, during the interwar period, the Jewish population generally benefitted from the state’s affirmative nationality policies, a volte-face followed in the aftermath of the Holocaust.   Both primary and secondary sources indicate a rise in both official and mass-level antisemitism in the late Stalinist period, which slowly evolved into a policy of tacit prohibition of public references to Jews as an ethnic group and as individuals but with a creeping antisemitism that manifested itself in several different forms. Were there any links between the physical obliteration of a significant part of Soviet Jewry during the Holocaust and the regime’s demonstrated change towards this group in the post-war period? Why and how did Soviet Jewry become an “invisible group” in the postwar era? This project explores these and other questions and, more broadly, examines new challenges for feeling and acting Jewish in the Soviet Union in the aftermath of the Holocaust.

Research project: The Holocaust in Bessarabia and Transnistria: Bringing the Local Population into the Story (2011/2012)