A new academic publication on Holocaust history in Ukraine
Before and during the retreat of the Wehrmacht 1943/44 Ukraine became an arena of mass violence. Until spring 1944, Wehrmacht units, police, SS and SD began committing mass killings in different manners. As a part of the guerilla-war concept (Bandenkampf) they burned down villages and killed or deported their residents, stole their food and products.
Among others, the book “Ukraine 1944/45. Loyalty and Violence during the turning point of the war” (original: “Loyalitäten und Gewalt im Kontext der Kriegswende”) by the German writer Johannes Spohr deals with various collective and individual reactions of Ukraines population towards the turning point of the war.
Due to various reasons, more and more people changed to the Soviet force in 1943, the author calls this process re-Sovietization.
On the other hand, during this period many Ukrainians joined the Wehrmacht or fled to the west. It was from the very beginning of the war that Ukrainians were drawn to build formations, which supported the occupational force, for example the Ukrainian auxiliary police.
Such formations supported the further polarization of Ukrainian people.
Dear colleagues! The fresh issue of information-pedagogical bulletin of UCHS «Lessons of the Holocaust», № 3 (67), July-October, 2021 has been published.[More]
From October 28 to November 1 in 2021, the five-day seminar-school “Learning from the Past -Acting for the Future” took place in Pushcha-Vodytsia. Twenty-five educators from all around Ukraine participated in the program. The seminar-school aims to improve the level of learning about the history of the Holocaust and human rights in Ukraine. It provides an opportunity to combine Ukrainian and international experience in teaching these topics and the relevance of historical events in the present.[More]
On 30th September 2021, the first „stumbling stone” was installed on the sidewalk of Frolovska street, 3 in Kyiv. This first small memorial plaque made of brass honors Liudmyla Tkach who was lucky enough to survive the crimes of Babyn Yar as a five-year-old child.[More]
Memory of Babyn Yar and the Holocaust: Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the start of murders in Babyn Yar
As the first real-life conference after a long period of online events, on 23-24 September 2021 the seminary about the memory of Babyn Yar and the Holocaust took place in Taras Shevchenko University Kyiv.[More]
Dear colleagues! The fresh issue of information-pedagogical bulletin of UCHS «Lessons of the Holocaust», № 2 (66), April-June, 2021 has been published.[More]