What Happened Between Poles and Ukrainians During World War II?
For decades the Polish-Ukrainian WWII conflict remained hidden behind the Iron Curtain, erased from revised history books, alive only in the memories of those who lived it. Today, the conflict is still barely mentioned in standard histories of the region and the topic continues to be a point of contention among Polish and Ukrainian politicians, academics, and the population at large. It is the darkest and most misunderstood chapters in the two nations’ shared history. In this talk Dr. Fedorowycz will explore how historians have grappled with explaining the events that transpired between Poles and Ukrainians during World War II, examining the many stages and interpretations of the conflict, with a particular focus on the massacre of Poles in Volhynia in 1943.
Daniel Fedorowycz holds a DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford. He researches questions relating to the causes of ethnic conflict, with a particular emphasis on Ukraine and Eastern Europe. In 2014–15, Daniel was a pre-doctoral fellow at Yale University’s Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence, and in 2017 he was a Shklar Research Fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. Prior to his studies at Oxford, Daniel worked on projects at the NATO Information and Documentation Centre and the National Democratic Institute in Kyiv, Ukraine, as well as the Canadian Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands. Daniel received his MA in European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and BA (Hons) from the University of Toronto. Currently he is a Research Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.