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Daviborshch's Cart : Narrating the Holocaust in Australian War Crimes Trials - David Fraser

Daviborshch's Cart

Narrating the Holocaust in Australian War Crimes Trials

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In the spring of 1942, Nazi forces occupying the Ukraine launched a wave of executions targeting the region's remaining Jewish communities. These mass shootings were open, public, and intimate. Although the victims themselves could never testify against their killers, many eyewitnesses could and did identify the perpetrators. Among these communities, three local men from the villages of Serniki, Israylovka, and Gnivan were intimately implicated in such killing operations: Ivan Polyukhovich, a forester in the German-controlled administration; Heinrich Wagner, a "Volksdeutscher" liaison officer; and Mikolay Berezowsky, a member of the local police force. More than fifty years later, these three men were arrested and brought to trial in Australia for their alleged war crimes."" "Daviborshch's Cart" is more than an account of Holocaust perpetrators who found a safe haven in postwar Australia. It is also the story of the Holocaust in the Ukraine, the War Crimes Act, Nazi policies, and the ways in which future generations translate history into law, archives into proof, and law into justice. Based on a review of previously unexamined historical and legal documents and transcripts, "Daviborshch's Cart" offers the first critical examination of Australian attempts to bring alleged Nazi criminals to justice.

"There should, however, be a much broader audience for this book, for in the interstices of the cases Fraser examines are the ideas of "truth," "justice," "history," and how they interact in court. While it is not exactly a work of philosophy, Fraser's work thus often takes thoughtful and provocative turns that should stir the minds of historians, lawyers, and politicians everywhere." - Timothy Dowling, H-German, August 2012

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
A Note on Languagep. xiii
Introduction: The Long and Winding Road from Ukraine to Australiap. 1
History, War Crimes, and Law in Ukrainep. 15
A Brief Political and Legal History of Australia and Nazi War Criminalsp. 50
Law and History in Australian War Crimes Trials: Ukrainian Foresters, the Shoah, and the Polyukhovich Casep. 94
Mikolay Berezowsky: The Case of "The Witness Who Knew Too Much"p. 146
The Story of Daviborshch's Cart: Law, History, Truth, and the Holocaust in Ukrainep. 192
Translating Law, Translating History, in Australian War Crimes Trialsp. 242
Telling Stories about the Shoah: Perpetrators, Victims, and the Politics of Australian Identity in The Hand That Signed the Paperp. 263
Law, Memory, and Justice: The Australian Experiencep. 297
Notesp. 321
Bibliographyp. 347
Indexp. 363
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ISBN: 9780803234123
ISBN-10: 0803234120
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 1st January 2011
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.73