“Protecting Memory” project event in Kyiv

On 21-23 of December 2018 Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies held the final educational event for teachers and pupils from Zhytomyr and Vinnytsia regions in Kyiv within the project “Protecting Memory”. During the three days’ seminar teachers and pupils discussed the history of Jews in Ukraine and the traditions of commemorating the Holocaust victims. Natalia Otrishchenko conducted a workshop on the work with the witnesses and oral history. Participants of the seminar visited Babyn Yar for a guided tour by Olha Limonova and they honored the memory of the murdered.
The most important part of the seminar consisted of individual presentations of the research on the Holocaust history as well as the projects about memorialization of the sites of memory in Zhytomyr and Vinnytsia regions. Teachers and pupils shared their findings, impressions and the feedback they received from the people around them. They also shared their plans for future.
The project Erinnerung bewahren – Protecting memory in Ukraine has started in 2010. It aims to engage teachers and pupils into independent learning of local history parallel to creation of the new memorial sites. In the framework of the project teachers together with pupils create their own mini-projects based on the history of their localities. This year the project continued in Vinnytsia and Zhytomyr regions.

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