The 1941 German invasion of the Soviet Union significantly altered the lives of the civilians in occupied Russian territories, yet these people's stories are overlooked by most scholarly treatments of the famous "Operation Barbarossa." This study, drawing on oral-history interviews and a broad range of archival sources, provides a fascinating and detailed account of the everyday life of Soviets, Jews, Roma, and Germans in the city of Smolensk during its twenty-six months under Nazi rule. 'Smolensk under the Nazis' records the profound effects of the invasion and occupation on the 30,000 civilian residents (out of a prewar population of roughly 155,000) who remained in this border town during these painful years -- including a high percentage of women. Laurie Cohen examines a variety of local propagandistic efforts by the Nazi and Stalinist regimes as well as the agency of Russian civilians, investigating what it meant to support -- or hinder -- the new Nazi-German and collaborating Russian authorities. By underlining the human dimensions of the war and its often neglected long-term effects, the book promotes a more complex understanding of life under occupation. 'Smolensk under the Nazis' thus complements recent works on everyday life in occupied Ukraine, Belarus, and the Baltic States as well as on the siege of Leningrad. Laurie R. Cohen is an Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Innsbruck and Klagenfurt.
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