Added: December 3, 2016 – Last updated: December 3, 2016


Speaker: Andrea Pető

Title: Memory politics of sexual violence committed by Red Army soldiers

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Institution: Centre for Baltic and East European Studies, Södertörn Högskola (Södertörn University)

Place: Stockholm, Sweden

Date: April 4, 2016

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | European History: Russian History | Types: Wartime Rape / Second World War


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Speaker: Andrea Pető, Department of Gender Studies, Central European


»The archive which hosts documents of the Red Army is not open for researchers. The lecture explores new trends and results of the recent research especially related to sexual violence committed by the Red Army soldiers. Sexual violence took place on a huge scale in World War Two, not least the mass rape committed by the Red Army in Eastern Europe. Since then, with a few exceptions, the subject has been shrouded in silence.
Recovering it poses the issues not just of how we do research when documents do not exist or are produced with explicit political agendas but also of how the ‘conspiracy of silence’ is dismantled. Interviewing victims of sexual violence decades after the event happened raises methodological and ethical issues. Recovering memory may come at a price for the victims. This lecture will explore both the ways to establish what happened based on available sources but also the process of ‘unsilencing’ the historical record and unsettling established identities.« (Source: Södertörn Högskola)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of Russia / History of the Soviet Union (1927–1953) | Types of rape: Wartime sexual violence | War: World War II / Soviet war crimes