Stephan Telka on Ukrainian Labourers in Nazi Germany

Stephan Telka at Monash, 10 December 2015
Stephan Telka at Monash, 10 December 2015

On 10 December 2015 the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies at Monash University hosted Stephan Telka, a Canadian researcher specialising in the topic of forced labourers from occupied Ukraine in the German Reich during the Second World War.

Mr Telka delivered a public lecture, “Ukrainian Labourers in Nazi Germany, 1939-1945,” at the Caulfield Campus. The talk explored the experience of two million ethnic Ukrainian labourers deployed to Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Mr Telka traced both the German use of labourers from Eastern Europe,  and Nazi Rassenkunde (racial science) to the German experience during the First World War, showing historical precedents for the massive deployment of Ukrainians. He argued that the use of Ukrainian labourers reflected the flexibility and limits of Nazi racial policy. Notes and slides from the lecture are available for download.

Stephan Telka holds a Master of Arts (European, Russian and Eurasian Studies) from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) and a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada). He conducted research in the Bundesarchiv in Berlin, the Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa, and the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg. Personal memoirs and family documents also contributed to the source base of his 2008 MA dissertation, “Ukrainian Labourers in Nazi Germany, 1939-1945“. He currently resides in Ottawa where he works as a public relations consultant for Hill+Knowlton Strategies.

Stephan Telka with members of the audience at his Monash public lecture
Stephan Telka with members of the audience at his Monash public lecture