Yom HaShoah Community Program

April 27, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Putin’s Imaginary Nazis: The Weaponization of Holocaust Memory in Russia’s War against Ukraine

Wednesday, April 27, 7:00pm at Congregation Beth Israel

One of the most notable features of Putin’s war against Ukraine has been his efforts to justify the invasion through distorted historical narratives. While much of the world understands the war as an unprovoked attack on a democratic nation’s sovereignty by a despotic leader, Putin has successfully convinced much of the Russian populace that the invasion of Russia’s southwestern neighbor is a noble bid to “denazify” Ukraine and to free its people from fascism. The misrepresentation of history that underpins Putin’s propaganda has surprised many in the West, but the Russian president’s obsession with the history of World War II and the Holocaust has long been a feature of his regime. In this talk, Izabella Tabarovsky will discuss how Putin’s weaponization of historical memory of the Holocaust has played into Putin’s approach to Ukraine, Israel, and the global Jewish community—and what lessons we must draw from this.

Join us in-person at CBI or on Zoom here.

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