Anika Walke, Book manuscript
Among the 800,000 Byelorussian Jews killed by the German Nazi regime and their collaborators were parents, grandparents and other relatives of thousands of young Jews who survived the war. These young girls and boys, some teenagers, some younger, thus became orphans and struggled for survival on their own. The book is the first systematic account of young Soviet Jews’ lives under conditions of Nazi occupation and genocide. The book also shows that the notion of internationalism, or interethnic solidarity, and shifting forms of national identification establish a powerful framework for the ways in which survivors of the genocide understood, survived, and, now, represent their experience of violence and displacement.