The few weeks spanning September and October 1941 saw a spike in mass murder actions against Jews with massacres in Babi Yar and other places. It also saw the unleashing of ​a massive German offensive aimed at Moscow – Operation Typhoon.
This conference, organized by the Holocaust Studies Program at Western Galilee College, is a sequel to the “Barbarossa” Conference held in June and underscores our commitment to provide a platform for discourse and advanced research of comparative Military History of the second world war and Holocaust Research.


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Recorded Conversations

Opening Remarks: Dr. Daniela Ozacky Stern, Western Galilee College
Greetings: Prof. Nissim Ben David, President of the Western Galilee College
Major General (Ret.) Yaakov Amidror, former National Security advisor to the Israeli Prime Minister and head of the National security Council. Senior Fellow at Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security (JISS) and at JINSA Strategic center in Washington DC

Session One, The Killers
Chair: Prof. Yvonne Kozlovsky-Golan, Haifa University Prof.
Edward B. Westermann, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, Incremental Annihilation in Latvia: Einsatzkommando 2 and the Ritual of Mass Murder
Captain Noam Corb, IDF Tactical Command College, Haifa & Tel Aviv Univerities, The Theory of Auftragstaktik and the early stages of the final solution
Dr. Leonid Rein, Yad Vashem, “The death we were giving to them was quick and beautiful”: The Mass Murder of Soviet Jews in Letters by German Servicemen
Dr. Foris Akos, Eötvös Loránd University, The First “Partisan Hunt” of the Hungarian Occupation Forces: Mass Murder in Buki in November 1941

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Session 2 The Killings
Chair: Dr. Miriam Offer, western Galilee College
Dr. William Katin, UCLA, Anti-Semitic Consequences of Operation Barbarossa from a Jewish Perspective
Jan Burzlaff, Harvard university, Between Big Data and Individual Agency: Jewish Responses to Babi Yar, June 1941-early 1942
Dr. Kiril Feferman, Ariel university, Shadow Partner? Turkey in Germany’s Barbarossa Operation

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Keynote Lecture
Prof. Richard Overy, University of Exeter
Autumn 1941: Typhoon, Babi Yar and Hitler’s War
Chair: Dr. Yaron Pasher, Western Galilee College

Concluding Remarks: Dr. Boaz Cohen, Head of Holocaust Studies Program Western Galilee College

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