Ukrainian, Israeli, and German scholars address historical memories at Tel Aviv conference

These three lectures were presented in Russian on 14-16 September 2017 at a seminar in Tel Aviv for Israeli youth entitled “Jews and Ukrainians: Controversial Issues of Historical Memory.” Major topics from the lectures are outlined below.

Taras Nazaruk: “The return of the unnamed: The integration of Jewish heritage into the public space of modern Ukraine – the Lviv experience”

The experience and achievements of Lviv’s Center for Urban History in the integration of the heritage of the Jews of Lviv into the historical memory of the city. The Center’s activities for preserving the memory of the city’s Jews. Promoting the concept of Jewish history as an integral part of the history of Lviv and Western Ukraine.


Shimon Briman: “The Holocaust in Zolochiv: Models of memory and unconsciousness”

Jews and Ukrainians in the period of the Holocaust and after World War II. A sketch of the history of tragic events from the city of Zolochiv in the Lviv region. The painful truth about the role of some Ukrainian activists in the pogrom of local Jews in July 1941. The role of German invaders in pogrom propaganda. How was the Jewish community destroyed and how was the memory of local Jews among Ukrainian residents erased? Is the local community ready to listen to current Ukrainian leaders of Zolochiv about the tragic truth of the death of Jewish inhabitants and memorialize the victims?


Dr. Nicolas Dreyer: “The memory of the Holocaust and the Holodomor in the historical discourse of the USSR and modern Ukraine”

How did the policy of memory of the Holocaust and the Holodomor change from the Soviet era to modern Ukraine? Is there an instrumentalization of the Holocaust and the Holodomor in policy? How are these concepts used in propaganda in the context of the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine?


Prepared by Shimon Briman

Edited by Peter Bejger


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