- Location: Flynn Auditorium at Vanderbilt Law School
This lecture will discuss the triangular relationship between Poles, Jews, and Ukrainians in Eastern Galicia, with a particular emphasis on the town of Buczacz, between the rise of nationalism in the late nineteenth century and the aftermath of World War II. These three groups had lived side-by-side for four centuries under Polish and Austrian rule. But this mostly peaceful existence unraveled under the impact of foreign invasions and increasingly violent nationalist rhetoric, eventually leading to ethnic cleansing and violence. The lecture will examine the links between external and domestic factors in the transformation of a community of coexistence into one of utter devastation.