A Small Town in Ukraine

19 May 2023 | 1hr 01

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A Small Town in Ukraine

19 May 2023 | 1hr 01

Decades ago, historian Bernard Wasserstein set out to uncover the hidden past of Krakowiec, where his family originated. Now he recounts its dramatic history across centuries of conflict as Cossacks, Swedes and Muscovites rampaged through. In the Age of Enlightenment, a Polish magnate created an arcadia of serenity; under the Habsburgs it became a typical shtetl. Both World Wars left terrible legacies and today hordes of refugees flee for their lives from Ukraine to Poland. The people of Krakowiec, including his own family, become a prism through which we can feel the shocking immediacy of history. In conversation with Times columnist and author David Aaronovitch.

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