Virtual Event: Wendy Lower

presenting

The Ravine:
A Family, a Photograph, a Holocaust Massacre Revealed

in conversation with JOSHUA RUBENSTEIN

Date

Mar
30
Tuesday
March 30, 2021
7:00 PM

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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes WENDY LOWER—the John K. Roth Professor in History at Claremont McKenna College and author of Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields—for a discussion of her latest book, The Ravine: A Family, a Photograph, a Holocaust Massacre Revealed. She will be joined in conversation by JOSHUA RUBENSTEIN, associate, Harvard University's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

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About The Ravine

In 2009, the acclaimed author of Hitler’s Furies was shown a photograph just brought to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The documentation of the Holocaust is vast, but there are virtually no images of a Jewish family at the actual moment of murder, in this case by German officials and Ukrainian collaborators. A Ukrainian shooter’s rifle is inches from a woman's head, obscured in a cloud of smoke. She is bending forward, holding the hand of a barefooted little boy. And—only one of the shocking revelations of Wendy Lower’s brilliant ten-year investigation of this image—the shins of another child, slipping from the woman’s lap.

Wendy Lower’s forensic and archival detective work—in Ukraine, Germany, Slovakia, Israel, and the United States—recovers astonishing layers of detail concerning the open-air massacres in Ukraine. The identities of mother and children, of the killers—and, remarkably, of the Slovakian photographer who openly took the image, as a secret act of resistance—are dramatically uncovered. Finally, in the hands of this brilliant exceptional scholar, a single image unlocks a new understanding of the place of the family unit in the ideology of Nazi genocide.

Praise for The Ravine

"One photograph. That was what it took to start Wendy Lower on an incredible journey of discovery. Using her meticulous historical skills and her gift for shoe-leather investigation, she uncovers and tells a riveting story with implications for the the past and the present. The Ravine is a compelling read that is micro and macro history at its very best." —Deborah Lipstadt, author of History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier

“Through her international investigation into a single photograph of the shooting of a Jewish family, Wendy Lower presents the Holocaust on the level of personal crime, uncovering the identities and stories of the victims, including the Jewish child, the killers, the neighbors, and the photographer. Seventy years after the crime, Lower, a historian dedicated to unveiling truths, solves what would otherwise have remained a ‘cold case.’ Her story is breathtaking.” —Father Patrick Desbois, author of The Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest’s Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews

"An important and moving contribution to Holocaust literature. The Ravine demonstrates how meticulous research, seventy years after the murder captured in the photograph took place, can lift the veil of anonymity from both victims and perpetrators.” —Jan T. Gross, author of National Book Award finalist Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland

Joshua Rubenstein
Joshua Rubenstein

Joshua Rubenstein

Joshua Rubenstein has been professionally involved with human rights and international affairs for over forty years as an activist and independent scholar with particular expertise in Russian affairs. He is the author of Soviet Dissidents: Their Struggle for Human Rights and Tangled Loyalties: The Life and Times of Ilya Ehrenburg, a biography of the controversial Soviet-Jewish writer and journalist.

Wendy Lower
Wendy Lower

Wendy Lower

Wendy Lower is currently the William Rosenberg Senior Scholar at Yale University, on sabbatical from Claremont McKenna College where she holds the John K Roth Chair in history and directs the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights. Lower is the author of Nazi Empire-Building and the Holocaust in Ukraine; The Diary of Samuel Golfard and the Holocaust in Galicia; and co- editor (with Ray Brandon) of Shoah in Ukraine: History, Testimony, Memorialization. Her book, Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields was a finalist for the National Book Award and has been translated into 23 languages. Her book, The Ravine: A Family, A Photograph, A Holocaust Massacre Revealed, was published in February 2021

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