On April 19, Oleg Kozerod, a Doctor of Historical Sciences, chief researcher at the Department of Ethnopolitics of our Institute, gave an interview to the Belgian publication EU Morning Post. In it, he positively assessed the European Strategy for Combating Anti-Semitism and Development of Jewish Life for 2021-2030. The scientist emphasized that currently 27 EU countries are successfully adapting the Strategy to their national characteristics and its implementation will begin in the United Europe in the near future. According to the scientist, this will make it possible to radically improve the situation with anti-Semitism and revive the development of Jewish culture and religious life thanks to state support.
During the interview, Oleg Kozerod drew attention to the fact that the situation with anti-Semitism in the EU is directly related to the information about Jewish history and culture that society receives. Therefore, according to the researcher, the state of affairs with anti-Semitism in Europe is directly related to the development of Jewish Studies.
The scientist emphasized that Ukraine, in the formation of national policy, moves along the same path as EU countries, and Jewish studies in the country continue to develop dynamically, despite the war. O. Kozerod noted the significant contribution to this development of the Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
The scientist noted that today certain steps are being taken to combat anti-Semitism within the framework of the Erasmus+ program, but they foresee an increase in the activity of youth organizations and schoolchildren in the field of preserving the memory of the Holocaust, while part of the funding of the Strategy could be directed to the development of Jewish Studies. The scientist noted the high level of work of European legislators who developed the Strategy for Combating Anti-Semitism and Development of Jewish Life, which is comparable to other countries, in particular, the USA, where the government is working on a similar document.