Phase two of the project focuses on WW II refugees who settled in Minnesota. The project will illuminate the experience of refugees who moved as children to Soviet Gulags with their parents, survivors of the Wolhynia massacre in Galicia (now Ukraine), forced laborers in Germany, soldiers in the Anders Army, and the Jewish Holocaust survivors.
The goal is to interview eyewitness participants for historical reconstruction and recovery, go beyond the conventional historical sources, and uncover the largely hidden history of this group that has been missing from mainstream accounts.
It is an opportunity to reinterpret the past, connect the past to the present, and highlight the community's interpretation and understanding of what happened to their neighbors.
The project has received grant support from the Minnesota Historical Society in the fiscal year 2021.
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