Professor Vladimir Solonari

Curriculum Vitae

Vladimir Solonari began his fellowship at the Imre Kertész Kolleg in January 2014. He has been Associate Professor of History at the University of Central Florida since August 2009. He was assistant professor at the same university from 2003 to 2009. Prior to working at the University of Central Florida, he was associate professor at the Moldovan Slavic University in Chișinau, Moldova. From 1990 to 2001 he was a Member of the Moldovan Parliament. Solonari has a PhD in modern and contemporary history from Moscow State University.

Research project at the Kolleg

Vladimir Solonari is currently writing a monograph on the social history of a part of southern Ukraine that was under Romanian occupation from 1941 to 1944. Transnistria, as the region was known at the time, extended over approximately 40 000 square kilometres with a population of 2.2 million people. It was the only part of the Soviet Union that was occupied and administered by a power other than Germany during World War II. The Transnistrian case is interesting not only in and of itself, but also because we can compare developments there with the situation in Soviet territories that were occupied and administered by Nazi Germany during World War II. Such a comparison can provide us with insights into how the occupation regimes influenced the attitudes and behaviour of the local population. This book will cover topics such as the aims and implementation of Romanian policy in the region; the persecution and mass murder of Jews and Roma; tensions between the occupiers and occupants; collaboration and complicity in war crimes; and resistance, both Ukrainian nationalist and pro-Soviet. It is the result of years of research in the archives of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., Yad Vashem, Kiev, Odessa, and Chişinău and its findings will add significantly to our knowledge of the occupation of Transnistria.

Main areas of research

  • World War II
  • Violence
  • Political repression
  • Nationalism
  • Ethnic Cleansing
  • The Holocaust 

Positions and Memberships

  • Member of American Historical Association and the Association for the Advancement of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Research