Local Perpetrators in the Former Soviet Union
Researcher name:
Jared McBride (PhD candidate, UCLA, History)
Fellowship:
2014-2015 Margee and Doug Greenberg Research Fellow
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Jared McBride conducted extensive research in the VHA for his dissertation research on the Nazi occupation of a region in Western Ukraine. Based on the information gained through testimony, McBride was able to conclude that local police in the region were responsible for many killings during German occupation. The VHA testimonies enabled McBride to confirm the involvement of many perpetrators, who are often named by their victims. Information about perpetrators is very difficult to access in many of the former Soviet Union territories so testimony was invaluable to his research.

Information about perpetrators is very difficult to access in many of the former Soviet Union territories.

Based on information gained through testimony, McBride was able to conclude that local police were responsible for many killings during German occupation. The VHA testimonies enabled McBride to confirm the involvement of many perpetrators, who are often named by their victims.

McBride has published research using the testimonies in academic journals and has become an ambassador for using the VHA. After giving a lecture about his research with the testimonies at last Fall (entitled “"Of Course, They Were Neighbors": Testimony, Archives and the Holocaust in Ukraine”), he conducted a hands-on training workshop about using the VHA at Appalachian State University.

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