On November 15 the regular session of Dniprovsky Historical Club was held. The topic of the session – "The Great Terror in the USSR and Liquidation of Agro-Joint (1937-1938)".
Dniprovsky Historical Club is one of "Tkuma" Institute projects conducted on the base of Museum "Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine" in cooperation with Alexander Paul Institute (formerly - Institute of Social Studies). The club was created as a platform for informal communication of professional historians and those interested in history. The most famous Ukrainian and foreign researchers are invited to each session.
This time Mikhail Mitsel (New York, USA), Senior Archivist of Joint Archive, renowned historian, author of monographs on the history Joint and Agro-Joint, repression in the USSR, fate of Ukrainian Jews in the Soviet period.
Dr Igor Shchupak, "Tkuma" Institute and Holocaust Museum Director, opened the session. He noted that the question of the Agro-Joint activities in the USSR during the famine of the 1920s and 1930s and its assistance to Jewish, Ukrainian, Belorussian farmers still remains almost unexplored.
That is why Mikhail Mitsel book "The Final Chapter: Agro-Joint in the Years of the Great Terror", which the author presented at a session of the club, is an extremely important event for Ukrainian historical science.
Jonathan Leifer, Chairman of the Board at Joint in Eastern Ukraine, addressed with welcoming speech to the participants. He noted that the Joint today, as it did almost one hundred years ago, takes care of the refugees and helps people who suffer from armed conflicts and their consequences.
During the session of Dniprovsky Historical Club participants learnt about the activities of Ukrainian office of Joint in Dnipropetrovsk in the 30s of 20 c., in particular about its liquidation by the NKVD. Agro-Joint staff were one of the little known, but numerous groups repressed and Exterminated in the years of Stalinist terror and accused of "counterrevolutionary activities". The unique information was supplemented by video series on the functioning of the organization on the territory of Soviet Ukraine during the Great Terror.