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Inside the Great Terror: The NKVD on Trial in Ukraine, 1938-1943

27th Annual J.B. Rudnyckyj Speaker

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Lynne Viola, Historian, University of Toronto

Title of Lecture: “Inside the Great Terror: The NKVD on Trial in Ukraine, 1938-1943.”

About the Speaker:  Lynne Viola, PhD, is a distinguished historian of 20th century Russia and the Soviet Union with a special interest in women, peasants, political culture, and Stalinist terror. She holds a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an MA and PhD from Princeton University. For the past 30 years she has taught at the University of Toronto, where she is currently a Professor in the History Department and the Munk School of Global Affairs.  Dr. Viola has authored numerous articles and five books including:  Peasant Rebels Under Stalin: Collectivization and the Culture of Peasant Resistance (1996); The War Against the Peasantry, 1927-1930 (2005); The Unknown Gulag: The Lost World of Stalin’s Special Settlements (2007); and her most recent publication, Stalinist Perpetrators on Trial (2017), for which she was awarded the American Association for Ukrainian Studies’ annual Book Prize. In addition, she has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the John Simon Guggenhein Foundation, and the Killam Research Fellowship.  In 2014 Dr. Viola was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada, and this past year, she was named one of two recipients of the Canada Council for the Arts’ prestigious Thomas Henry Pentland Molson Prize.

Description of lecture:  Using previously classified documents from Ukrainian secret police archives, Dr. Viola discusses Joseph Stalin’s purge of the Soviet secret police in Ukraine as he began to rein in the Great Terror he created.  In what would be called the ‘Purge of the purgers’, hundreds of NKVD officers throughout the towns and cities of Ukraine would be prosecuted by Soviet military courts for various crimes, — and would either be executed or sent to the Gulag by the same brutal system they so loyally served.

Date & Time:  Thursday, March 7, 2019, at 3:00 pm

Location:  U of M Archives & Special Collections, 330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library Building, University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus.


Free Admission — With Reception to Follow

For More Information Please Call (204)-474-9986 , e-mail:  archives@umanitoba.ca

Sponsored by the U of M Archives & Special Collections; the Slavic Collection (Elizabeth Dafoe
Library); and the Department of German & Slavic Studies

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