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Stalin and EuropeImitation and Domination, 1928-1953$
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Timothy Snyder and Ray Brandon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199945566

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945566.001.0001

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Lviv under Soviet Rule, 1939–1941

Lviv under Soviet Rule, 1939–1941

(p.138) 6 Lviv under Soviet Rule, 1939–1941
Stalin and Europe

Christoph Mick

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Soviet occupation policy in Lviv was based first and foremost on socio-political and power-political categories and only second on ethno-political ones. The local population, however, continued to view events in terms of a competition between ethnic groups and interpreted Soviet measures accordingly. Most Poles and Ukrainians saw Soviet policy as a direct assault on their nationhood. Despite the suffering of Jewish elites, a majority of Jews could only prefer Soviet rule to Nazi rule. The city’s non-Jews forgot about the seizure of Jewish property, the arrests of Jewish political and religious leaders, and the deportation of tens of thousands of Jewish refugees to the Soviet interior. What they recalled instead were the actions of a part of Jewish youth, Soviet officials of Jewish origin, and those refugees who joined the Soviet administration.

Keywords:   Soviet Union, Second World War, Soviet-occupied Poland, Lviv, Lwów, Lemberg, Sovietization, inter-ethnic relations, deportations

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