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February 11, 2022
Seminar of the Institute of Modern and Contemporary History (IHMC)
This session is devoted to presenting the progress of the Lubartworld project, begun in September 2019, whose goal is to reconstruct the individual trajectories of the Jewish inhabitants of the small Polish town of Lubartów, Poland, from the early 1920s to the 1950s, whether they emigrated or stayed behind, whether they were exterminated or survived the Holocaust.
Claire Zalc presents the Lubartworld project (origins, pathways, deployments and setbacks from a scientific, methodological and administrative point of view), the team and its first results.
Anton Perdoncin, post-doctoral fellow, sociologist, presents the quantitative aspects of the investigation, and more precisely “Traces of war and extermination in the population register of Lubartów, 1930s and 1940s”. He returns to the study of the general dynamics affecting the group of Jews in the city between 1932 and 1944.
Claire Zalc and Franciszek Zakrzewski, doctoral student, present their work entitled “Tentatives d’épuisement de non-lieux: les cimetières juifs de Lubartów” (Attempts to exhaust non-places: the Jewish cemeteries of Lubartów), which examines the possibilities and impasses of the history of the disappearance of a place that is a symptom, a symbol, and a witness to the extermination of the population that conceived of it, built it, maintained it, and, in short, lived in it.
Adèle Sutre, post-doctoral fellow and geographer, presents her work on “Migratory trajectories through the prism of family dispersion”. She reflects on the way in which the geographical deployment of kinship can be mobilized as a resource in trajectories of migration and persecution.
Thomas Chopard, post-doctoral fellow, discusses his research: “Fleeing Lubartów and Poland and surviving the Shoah in the Soviet Union,” which traces the trajectories and fate of nearly 200 Jews from Lubartów who survived persecution and the Shoah in the USSR. The aim is to discern the different logics of mobility between mass flight in the autumn of 1939, deportation, evacuation, enlistment for work and wandering in Soviet territory.
The discussion is led by Guillaume Calafat.