Tarik Cyril Amar. The Paradox of Ukrainian Lviv: A Borderland City between Stalinists, Nazis, and Nationalists. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2015

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Alexandra Wachter


Present-day inhabitants of Lviv often combine a certain nostalgia for their city’s
multinational past under Habsburg rule with a stress on its Ukrainian nature. That
Ukrainian Lviv was created at the expense of the Jewish population murdered by the
German occupiers and their local collaborators during World War II and the Polish
population expelled by the Soviets afterwards, is not part of the city’s official identity.
And reflections on the Soviet period are often reduced to black or white narratives—
either presenting Soviet rule as a criminal occupation committed by external
perpetrators or celebrating Soviet victory over fascism, Polish bourgeois oppression,
and backwardness.

DOI: 10.25285/2078-1938-2018-10-1-135-138


Ukraine, Lviv, Memory Study, Urbanism, Nationalism

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