Ola Hnatiuk. Courage and Fear

The book describes the life in Soviet- and Nazi-occupied Lviv from the perspective of personal history. Its main focus is on the behavior of people who faced mortal danger. However, this does not exhaust the non-conventional features of the narrative, which is based on the diaries, memoirs, letters, and even transcripts of interrogations. It tells about the fates of people, of Polish, Ukrainian, and Jewish intellectuals, their complex relationships, and also the variations of solidarity and hostility underpinned by courage and fear.

The book encourages its readers to reflect on the extent to which the present images of World War II have been shaped under the pressure of national narratives, (more…)

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