Phase two of the project aims to shed light on the experiences of World War II refugees who found refuge in Minnesota. This phase will focus on various groups, including those who were forcibly relocated to Soviet Gulags with their families, survivors of the Wolhynia massacre in Galicia (now Ukraine), individuals who were forced into labor in Germany, soldiers who served in the Anders Army, and Jewish Holocaust survivors.
The primary goal of this phase is to conduct interviews with eyewitness participants, allowing for a historical reconstruction and recovery of their stories. By going beyond conventional historical sources, the project seeks to unveil the largely untold and overlooked history of this particular group, which has been absent from mainstream accounts.
Through this initiative, there is an opportunity to reexamine the past, establish connections between the past and present, and bring attention to the community's unique interpretation and understanding of the events that affected their neighbors. By giving voice to these individuals and their experiences, the project aims to provide a comprehensive and inclusive perspective on this significant chapter in history.
The project has received grant support from the Minnesota Historical Society in the fiscal year 2021.
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