The Blavatnik Archive is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to preserving and disseminating primary resources that contribute to the study of 20th-century Jewish and world history, with a special emphasis on World War I, World War II, and the interwar period.
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THE FIRST DAY
GERMANY ATTACKS THE SOVIET UNION
JUNE 22, 1941
Fighting in Western Europe since September 1939, on June 21, 1941, Nazi Germany broke its peace treaty with the Soviet Union and launched a massive offensive, expanding World War II to the east. Memories and images in Blavatnik Archive’s video “World War II Anniversary Series: The First Day” are shared by those who were there when these unforgettable events unfolded. We honor the memory of all those who fought and sacrificed for the survival of their country and people.
ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEFEAT OF NAZI GERMANY IN WWII
The WWII anniversary of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender in 1945 is celebrated on May 9 in the Russian time zones. Memories in this video are in celebration of victory and are shared by those who were there. We honor the memory of all who fought and sacrificed their life for the survival of their country and people.
HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2019
May 2, 2019 - On this annual day of the remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust, we pause - to remember what happened, to listen to the voices of the survivors, and to learn.
Memories in this video are shared by survivors and family members of victims who were part of resistance groups, partisan units, and Russian armed forces that fought the enemy. They keep alive the memories of those who perished.
April 19, 2019 - Interviews with Jewish soldiers who fought in the Soviet Army during WWII, conducted by the Blavatnik Archive, are made available in the searchable USC Shoah Foundation database; read the press release here: