On March 22, an international online presentation of the Canadian researcher Alik Gomelsky’s book “Jewish-Ukrainian relations. Twentieth Century”, which was published thanks to the Kyiv publishing house “Ukrainian Priority” took place.
The specialists from Toronto, Jerusalem and Kyiv were among the participants. The meeting was attended by Chief Research Scientist of Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the NAS of Ukraine, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor Yuriy Shapoval, who also made a report.
The author of the book, the participants of the meeting noted, in his work touches on many issues, seeks to separate the truth from the propaganda stereotypes. In particular, it concerns assessments of Simon Petliura’s activities and shameful attempts to portray him as a Judaophobe, approaches to the activities of the OUN and its leaders, the KGB’s struggle against Jewish and Ukrainian nationalists, and so on. The speeches noted that constant attempts to sow confrontation in Jewish-Ukrainian relations were made by tsarist, communist Russia, and now by the Putin regime.
In his speech, Yu. Shapoval analyzed the content of the book, expressed critical remarks and wishes to the author, as well as he invited him to creative collaboration – participation in a large-scale publishing project – a series of books “Political Portraits”, initiated by the Center for Historical Political Science in Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in the Parliamentary Publishing House.