At the end of January, on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the 17th annual scientific round table “Ukrainian society and memory of the Holocaust: the experience of the modern war against Ukraine” was held in Kyiv. The organizer of the event was the Ukrainian Center for the Study of the History of the Holocaust with the support of Goethe-Institut Ukraine and House of Europe, the Jewish community of Düsseldorf, as well as the Ukrainian Association of Judaics and the Master’s Program in Judaics of NaUKMA.

At the opening of the annual round table, a Leading Researcher of the Department of Ethnopolitics of the Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Anatoliy Podolskiy.

Anatoliy Podolskiy is speaking

In his report, the scientist drew attention to the importance of academic studies and teaching the history of the Holocaust, as a component of the history of Ukraine during the Second World War, during the Russian aggression against our country. During the two years of the Russian aggressor’s full-scale war against Ukraine, the enemy’s propaganda is constantly engaged in the instrumentalization of the historical past, in particular, the falsification of the events of the Second World War, the history of the Holocaust on Ukrainian soil. Therefore, the historical fate of the Jews of Ukraine, the commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust today is also a battlefield with the Moscow invaders and occupiers. Formed during the years of sovereignty, the culture and policy of memory for the victims of the Second World War in Ukraine is today our weapon in the fight against Russian falsifications of the past, which are aimed, among other things, at smearing the history of Ukrainian Jewry and inciting anti-Semitism in Ukraine, which in fact together with Ukrainophobia and xenophobia in general is a characteristic of the modern criminal Russian political regime.

The work of this year’s scientific round table was devoted to two relevant and important aspects of studying the history of the Holocaust at the modern stage, which are reflected in the names of the two sessions of the table:

“High school and challenges in teaching the history of the Holocaust during the war”

“Memory and experience of ongoing war”

Participants of the round table

Well-known and young Ukrainian historians and political scientists studying this issue spoke at the round table: Pavlo Hudish from Uzhgorod National University, Serhii Girik from the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Yevgen Zakharchenko from Kharkiv National University, Roman Shlyakhtych from the State University of Economics and Technology (Kryvyi Rih), Vitaly Nakhmanovych from the Museum of the History of the City of Kyiv and others.

Round table program

Video recording of the round table reports

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