Tag Archives: World War II

Selvinsky’s “The Trial in Krasnodar”

Seventy-seven years ago this month, a landmark court case on Nazi war crimes began in the Russian city of Krasnodar. Author and Boston College Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies Maxim Shrayer digs into the story of Ilya Selvinsky—a … Continue reading

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Clementine Churchill

Bestselling author Marie Benedict likes to focus her books on the lives of women whose stories have been overlooked or underappreciated. Her latest book, Lady Clementine (Sourcebooks Landmark, 2020), looks at Clementine Churchill, the influential wife of British Prime Minister … Continue reading

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An escape from a POW camp in Michigan

An article BC alumnus John Smolens read about World War II prisoner-of-war camps in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula planted the seed for his latest novel, Wolf’s Mouth (Michigan State University Press, 2016) . “Like most Americans, I didn’t have a clue that there were POW … Continue reading

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Filming the End of the Holocaust

In his new book, Filming the End of the Holocaust: Allied Documentaries, Nuremberg and the Liberation of the Concentration Camps (Bloomsbury, 2014), Professor of Fine Arts John Michalczyk tells the story of how the US Government commissioned filmmakers to document the … Continue reading

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Shrayer on Vasily Grossman

Soviet writer Vasily Grossman bore witness to the horrors of Russia’s World War II and the Shoah and deserves a place in literary history, according to Boston College Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer, who recommends the best … Continue reading

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A Pope, a Jesuit and Hitler

Peter Eisner, an award-winning author and reporter, will speak on his new book, The Pope’s Last Crusade: How an American Jesuit Helped Pope Pius XI’s Campaign to Stop Hitler, at Boston College on Mar. 25. From the publisher: Eisner combines … Continue reading

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Past Obsessions

In her forthcoming book Past Obsessions: World War Two in History and Memory, historian Carol Gluck considers examples from Europe, Asia, and North America that help us to understand both how public memory works and the challenge that the present preoccupation … Continue reading

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Lucky Grossman

Vasily Grossman had been one of the principal voices of anti-Nazi resistance, a legendary journalist who spent 1000 days at the front during World War II. When he died in 1964, a month before the removal of Soviet Premier Nikita … Continue reading

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