Congratulations to the Book Prize Winner
Ukranian Nationalists and the Holocaust by John-Paul Himka
Congratulations to the Book Prize Winner Ukranian Nationalists and the Holocaust by John-Paul Himka. It is our great pleasure to announce that the 2022 Canadian Association of Slavists’ Taylor & Francis Book Prize has been awarded to John-Paul Himka’s Ukranian Nationalists and the Holocaust: OUN and UPA’s Participation in the Destruction of Ukrainian Jewry, 1941-1944 (Stuttgart: Ibidem Press, 2021).
In its final report, the book prize committee offers the following commendation: “With Ukranian Nationalists and the Holocaust John-Paul Himka has written a work of exemplary historical scholarship that provides a critical and determinedly objective view of its highly complex subject. He provides an exhaustive analysis of primary sources in several languages – among them Soviet archival materials available only since the 1990s, German records, OUN documents (including directives, field reports, and confessions), and testimonies from Jewish survivors, Poles, and Ukrainians – and he takes great care in examining different versions of the same documents to illuminate fabrications and in analyzing quantitative data. Ever attuned to the complex ethnic and ideological terrain of wartime Ukraine, he compares varying accounts to discern the motivations behind testimonies and what they reveal about a given course of events. When outlining the actions of Ukrainian nationalists – whether as participants in spontaneous pogroms, as members of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, or as police in the employ of the occupiers – he distinguishes between actions based on nationalists’ own initiative and actions carried out in service to the Nazis. He meticulously traces how OUN formations were created, how their operations were determined, what drove them, and how these changed over time, seeking to understand why they did what they did. In detailing the harrowing experiences of Jews, Himka provides case studies of crimes committed against them, illuminating a topography violence that leaves no doubt about the part that the OUN played in the Holocaust; these microstudies also humanize the victims. Ukrainian Nationalists and the Holocaust is impeccably researched and written in clear, measured prose that eschews judgement.”
We are pleased to also announce that Kristy Ironside’s A Full-Value Ruble: The Promise of Prosperity in the Postwar Soviet Union (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2021) earned honourable mention. The committee reports that, “based on archival and published primary sources, A Full-Value Ruble is a smart and intelligible socioeconomic history on the postwar era through the Khrushchev years. Ironside clarifies factors that would have a bearing on the ultimate collapse of the Soviet Union. Moreover, she demonstrates how the state doggedly strove to solve its money problems and explains why it was unable to overcome obstacles of its own making: a preoccupation with egalitarianism, favouritism for (proletarian) urban over the rural (peasant) productivity, and disengagement from the global economy, to name a few.”
2022 Jury for the Canadian Association of Slavists’ Taylor & Francis Book Prize:
Alessandro Achilli (Università degli Studi di Cagliari)
Ian D. Armour (Independent Scholar)
Christine Varga-Harris (Illinois State University)
About the Prize
Established in 2014, the Canadian Association of Slavists’ Taylor & Francis Book Prize is awarded annually for the best academic book in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies published in the previous calendar year by a Canadian author (citizen or permanent resident). The book prize jury consists of three members chosen by the CAS executive. The winner receives a cash award of $500 CAD and recognition at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Slavists.