UJE Participates in Limmud FSU Horizons (Canada)
The Ukrainian Jewish Encounter has become a traditional participant in conferences organized by Limmud FSU. This organization aims to revive the tradition of Jewish education and strengthening of the Jewish identity. Limmud FSU’s educational festivals and conferences provide a unique cultural and educational platform for young Jews in the former Soviet Union, Israel, America, Canada, and around the world. Join us for UJE’s discussions at Blue Mountain Village Conference Centre, 242 Jose Weider Blvd, Blue Mountains, Ontario.
Rhea Clyman: A Forgotten Canadian Witness to the Great Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33
Saturday, March 25, 14:30-15:30, Petun II, Presentation in English
When she was Moscow correspondent for the London Daily Express and the Toronto Telegram, Jewish-Canadian journalist Rhea Clyman in 1932 took a 5,000-mile road trip through Soviet Ukraine and the North Caucasus. Her chilling accounts of a government-induced famine in eastern Soviet Ukraine, known as the Holodomor, and the gulags of the Russian Far East often made the front-page of the newspapers for which she wrote. Clyman was eventually expelled from the Soviet Union and went on to report on Hitler’s Germany. Through her dispatches and research, Jars Balan discusses the work and life of this extraordinary woman, who emigrated from Poland to Canada at age two, and grew up in Toronto near the corner of Bay and Dundas Streets. Discussants: Jars Balan, Raya Shadursky
Jews and Ukrainians: A Millennium of Co-Existence, Babyn Yar and Beyond
Saturday, March 25, 18:30-19:30, Petun II, Presentation in English
September 29, 2016 marked the 75th anniversary of Babyn Yar. Dr. Paul Robert Magocsi discusses the atrocities that took place in Kyiv in late September 1941, how Babyn Yar has emerged as a historical symbol both before and after the Holocaust, sheds new light on controversial moments of Ukrainian-Jewish relations, and will argue that the historical experience in Ukraine not only divided ethnic Ukrainians and Jews but also brought them together. Discussants: Dr. Paul Robert Magocsi, Natalia A. Feduschak