Video: International seminar "Above and around the Ravine: Memory Wars in Ukrainian-Jewish History, the Traumas of the Holocaust and the Holodomor"
Video: International seminar "Above and around the Ravine: Memory Wars in Ukrainian-Jewish History, the Traumas of the Holocaust and the Holodomor," 11–13 November 2021, city of Netanya, Israel
The non-profit organization Israeli Friends of Ukraine, with the support of the Canadian charitable organization Ukrainian Jewish Encounter (UJE) and the Embassy of Ukraine in Israel, held its sixth seminar discussion (since 2016) on the most acute problems of Ukrainian-Jewish history.
The 2021 seminar was dedicated to the eightieth anniversary of the shootings of Kyivan Jews in Babyn Yar, and generally to the Holocaust in Ukraine. A key part of the seminar was devoted to discussions of memory wars: how they emerge and how they are fueled. Ukrainian and Jewish memories of the past, of the Holodomor and the Holocaust, are universes that do not intersect. Is a shared memory therefore possible? The question of how problems of history and memory affect Israeli-Ukrainian relations was also discussed.
Given that the majority of the Israeli audience was comprised of people who were born in the former USSR, it was decided to conduct most of the seminar presentations in Russian.