Kate Brown's A Biography of No Place: From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet PDF

By Kate Brown

ISBN-10: 0674011686

ISBN-13: 9780674011687

ISBN-10: 0674019490

ISBN-13: 9780674019492

It is a biography of a borderland among Russia and Poland, a sector the place, in 1925, humans pointed out as Poles, Germans, Jews, Ukrainians, and Russians lived aspect via part. Over the subsequent 3 many years, this mosaic of cultures used to be modernized and homogenized out of lifestyles via the ruling may perhaps of the Soviet Union, then Nazi Germany, and at last, Polish and Ukrainian nationalism. by way of the Nineteen Fifties, this "no position" emerged as a Ukrainian heartland, and the fertile mixture of peoples that outlined the quarter was once destroyed. Brown's examine is grounded within the lifetime of the village and shtetl, within the personalities and small histories of way of life during this sector. In extraordinary aspect, she files how those regimes, bureaucratically after which violently, separated, named, and regimented this tricky group into specific ethnic teams. Drawing on lately opened records, ethnography, and oral interviews that have been unavailable a decade in the past, A Biography of No position unearths Stalinist and Nazi historical past from the viewpoint of the distant borderlands, hence bringing the outer edge to the heart of heritage. we're given, briefly, an intimate portrait of the ethnic purification that has marked all of Europe, in addition to a glimpse on the margins of twentieth-century "progress."

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She lifted a worn hand and swatted away my questions about the Polish Autonomous Region and instead began to tell me about her daughter, how she died, how they had buried her, how she had held her as a child and raised her. The old woman’s story wound on, her voice never rising above a whisper, until the sun set into a birdsong twilight. Because of her grief she could tell me nothing about Marchlevsk, although she had lived in it, seen it come into being, and watched it flicker out. We said our good-byes, and I walked off, saddened and unenlightened.

Germans too were distinguished by religion and tradition. They often lived in compact hamlets, organized around religious sects (Lutheran, Mennonite, Baptist, less frequently Catholic), and until the 1880s they had been granted special conditions (tax breaks and exemption from army service) that made them autonomous—independent of the landowning nobility and distinct from the peasant classes. Even so, the German populations were in no way homogeneous. 49 Deportation and the problems of returning and reclaiming land worked especially to mark Germans and Jews as distinct nationalities.

She lifted a worn hand and swatted away my questions about the Polish Autonomous Region and instead began to tell me about her daughter, how she died, how they had buried her, how she had held her as a child and raised her. The old woman’s story wound on, her voice never rising above a whisper, until the sun set into a birdsong twilight. Because of her grief she could tell me nothing about Marchlevsk, although she had lived in it, seen it come into being, and watched it flicker out. We said our good-byes, and I walked off, saddened and unenlightened.

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