International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Ukrainian Cooperation in the Genocide of a Nation: Case Study of the Jewish Plight of Dnepropetrovsk
Michael Gesin

The city discussed in this paper is unique in the way the Germans annihilated the Jewish population and in the participation of the indigenous populace. The city of Dnepropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine, in which only twenty-five percent of its Jewish population remained by the time the Nazis arrived is extraordinary. How did the Holocaust happen in Dnepropetrovsk? How did the local population allow it to happen? The answers to those questions lie in its history. In reviewing the events that occurred during the Holocaust in central Ukraine and the city of Dnepropetrovsk, it becomes clear that the Nazis would not have succeeded in killing hundreds of thousands of Jews in central Ukraine had the Ukrainians refused to cooperate with them.

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