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Virtual PhD and a Cup of Tea: Red Friday: The Wehrmacht, the Order Police, and the first wartime massacre of Białystok’s Jews

February 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

‘The Market Place of Bialystok during the burning of the Synagogue.’ (Photo: Landesarchiv Nordrhein-Westfalen Abt. Rheinland, RWB 18256/176)

The Market Place of Bialystok during the burning of the Synagogue. Landesarchiv Nordrhein-Westfalen Abt. Rheinland, RWB 18256/176

Part of The Wiener Holocaust Library’s PhD and a Cup of Tea doctoral seminar series.

On 27 June 1941, the Wehrmacht 221st Security Division captured the Soviet-occupied Polish city of Białystok, encountering very little resistance. By the end of the day, as many as 2000 Jewish residents of Białystok had been killed, with the Grand Synagogue, and at least one-third of the city, razed to the ground. What happened in Białystok that day, and why was such an atrocious massacre allowed to happen? This talk will draw upon Wehrmacht records, survivors’ accounts, and post-war criminal trial papers to answer these questions.

About the speaker:

Jake Holliday is a PhD Military History Student with the Humanities Research Institute of the University of Buckingham. His thesis concerns a Wehrmacht security division that was deployed on the Eastern Front between 1941 and 1945 and focuses on security warfare, occupational policies, and the Holocaust.

Event guidelines:

1. The Library will send you a Zoom link and joining instructions via email prior to the event. Please check your junk email folders.

2. Please try and join 5 minutes before the event start time and we will let you into the room (do try and bear with us if this takes a few minutes).

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February 22
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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10 comments so far

  • Benjamin Rifkin says:

    The program about Białystok looks fascinating. Before I register, could you please confirm to me that the time the program is offered live is British time? There is no time zone indicated on the website. Thank you.

  • Daphne A Balick says:

    The event is already sold out. Will there be an opportunity to view this talk’s video after the event. I am almost certain my grandparents and immediate relatives perished at this time. No records were ever found. no testimonials.

    • Lara Sebire-Hawkins says: [ Staff Member ]

      Dear Daphne, we have added you to the guest list. You will receive a Zoom link prior to the event.

  • Ellen tuckman says:

    How do I register for the Bialystok lecture? My grandmother Florence silewski lived in Bialystok and I visited Bialystok in 2018. I wanted to see her home but the guide said her street was bombed. I live in Phoenix Arizona. What time does the program go on in Phoenix? We are 2 hours earlier than New York.

    • Lara Sebire-Hawkins says: [ Staff Member ]

      Dear Ellen, I have added you to the guestlist for this event. You will receive a Zoom link prior to the event. The talk will start at 4pm GMT.

  • Sonia Newell says:

    I live in Sydney, Australia. My late father (born in Bialystok in 1919 and died in Sydney in 2006) was sole survivor of his family whilst his parents, sisters and brother were all burned to death at Treblinka (as far as we know although we do not have official records to confirm). I would love to join your event live but that will be at 3am here, so I hope there will be a recording please. Many thanks

  • Jon Alsto says:

    If I’ve signed up for the waiting list, will I receive the Zoom link before the lecture? If not, can you also add me to the guest list?

  • Susan Becker says:

    The event is sold out and I would so much like to see the video. Can you send a link to the video at another time? All 4 of my grandparents were raised there and their entire families were murdered. I’m extremely interested in Bialystok history. Thanks so much ..

    • Lara Sebire-Hawkins says: [ Staff Member ]

      Dear Susan, we have added you to the guest list now. You will receive a Zoom link shortly. Thank you.

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