UJE Babyn Yar, Serhiy Zhadan, Day 4

Ukraine’s preeminent poet Serhiy Zhadan in a widely anticipated appearance discussed historical memory through the prism of events taking place in contemporary Ukraine.

September 29, 2016 marked the 75th anniversary of the murder of 34,000 Jews that occurred at Babyn Yar, a ravine on the outskirts of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. Like Auschwitz in Poland, Babyn Yar in Ukraine has become a major symbol of the destruction of Europe’s Jews during the Holocaust.

From September 23-29, 2016, the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, a Canada-based non-governmental organization, working in cooperation with the World Jewish Congress, Ukraine’s government, and other Ukrainian Jewish and diaspora organizations, sponsored a series of public events commemorating the atrocities that occurred at Babyn Yar. The events include a youth conference, a public symposium, a memorial space competition, and a commemorative concert.

The following is a video presentation of a talk by Ukrainian poet Serhiy Zhadan titled “Modern War and Modern Culture in Ukraine: A Poet’s Perspective” which took place in Kyiv on September 29, 2016.

Thursday, September 29 2016

“Modern War and Modern Culture in Ukraine: A Poet’s Perspective”
Serhiy Zhadan (Ukraine)
Dr. Lyudmila Hrynevych (Ukraine)
(in Ukrainian)