A second international historian has arrived at Monash under the Ada Booth Research Fellowship program to further her research into Eastern Europe during the Second World War.

Dr Marta Havryshko, from the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences, is researching women’s experiences of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (Orhanizatsiia Ukrains’kykh Natsionalistiv, OUN) and Ukrainian Insurgent Army (Ukrains’ka Povstans’ka armiia, UPA) from the beginning of the Second World War and until the termination of nationalist resistance in the middle of the 1950s.

Dr Havryshko is visiting from Lviv, in the west of Ukraine. She has come to Monash through the fellowship to explore Slavic resources held here as part of the Ada Booth Slavic Collection. This collection was established in 2011 as a result of the Library receiving a large benefaction from the will of the late Ada Phyllis Booth (1921-2008), physicist and lecturer at the University of Melbourne.

At Monash, Dr Havryshko will also be able to consult standard databases about 20th-century European history, as the impoverished libraries in Ukraine cannot afford modern scientific literature in foreign languages. Access to information resources, for example, the content-rich Stalin Digital Archive held at Monash, has also been severely limited due to political reasons.

Another primary source of information available through Monash and which will be of value for Dr Havryshko’s project, is the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive, which provides access to over 50,600 video interviews conducted with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust from many countries.

Through the Ukrainian studies department in the Faculty of Arts’ School of Languages, Literature Cultures and Linguistics, Dr Havryshko is hoping to contact Australian women and men, ex-members of OUN and UPA and ordinary inhabitants of Western Ukraine, and talk to them about their wartime experiences.

Dr Havryshko is one of four international scholars who have received an Ada Booth Research Fellowship in Slavic Studies offered by Monash University Library. Three scholars will present their research as lightning talks at the Melbourne Eurasianist Seminar Series on 19 October at the University of Melbourne. Dr Havryshko will also deliver a public talk and webinar Gender and war: Women’s experiences of the Ukrainian nationalist underground, on Monday 26th November, at the Monash Conference Centre, 30 Collins Street Melbourne, at 6pm.  All welcome.

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