Art from Agony: Vasily Grossman and the Holocaust in Life & Fate

June 03, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
carol garrard

Though the murder of his mother in the massacre of the Jews at Berdichev, Ukraine was the defining moment in Vasily Grossman's adult life, in his masterpiece Life & Fate, Grossman does not mention "Berdichev" by name. Nevertheless, in less than a single page, through the eye of a naive victim, he vividly describes it. The archival research of John and Carol Garrard has revealed his fictional projection to be based upon historical fact; they here disclose what Grossman could not: the names and units of the perpetrators and collaborators.

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 
  • John Gordon Garrard // Former Fellow
    Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies, University of Arizona;
  • Co-author, "The Life and Fate of Vasily Grossman"
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