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Tolerance and Non-Discrimionation

The Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies (UCHS) was established in 2002. It is a non-governmental organization founded in partnership with I. Kuras Institute for Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The main directions of the UCHS's activities embrace Holocaust research and Holocaust education.
The research direction comprises regional aspects of the Holocaust on Ukrainian lands; reflection of the Holocaust in the mass-media of the Nazi-occupied Ukraine; Nazi ideology and the mechanisms of its implementation, anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, comparative research of the Holocaust and other cases of genocide. The UCHS holds scholarly conferences and seminars on these issues.
In frames of the educational activities the UCHS consults Holocaust history teachers of secondary schools and higher educational establishments, promotes the creation of curricula and manuals on the Holocaust, organizes annual competitions of students' research and art works.
Alongside with the main working directions the UCHS is actively involved into publishing and has its own periodical editions: semi-annual scholarly journal "Holocaust and Modernity" and bi-monthly informative-pedagogical bulletin "Lessons of the Holocaust".
The UCHS also participates in international projects in alliance with academic and educational institutions all over the world.

Presentation of activities UCHS

Library of the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies The Online Catalogue
Dear colleagues! The catalogue of our library is now available online. It is accessible in the section “Library” of the Ukrainian version of our site.
Visit the catalogue...
To the anniversary of the tragedy of Babyn Yar (1941-2017) The 2nd edition of the scientific collection «Babyn Yar: History and Memory of a Massacre» was published.
Babyn Yar is a place in Kyiv, which still remains a sad symbol of the policy of genocide of Nazi Germany and memory manipulation inherent to the Soviet Union, as well as a vivid example of the current state of memory about the war in the modern Ukrainian society.
This book is a collection of materials of an international conference, which was held to analyze purely historical aspects of repressive policies towards various groups of the population (Jews, Roma, representatives of the Ukrainian nationalist movement, Soviet prisoners of war and civilians) for whom Babyn Yar has become a mass grave, as well as post-war and modern problems related to the commemoration of the dead in the context of ambiguous attitude to the past from various parts of Ukrainian society.
See the book (in Ukrainian).
Seminar in Vinnytsia in the frames of the project «Protecting Memory» (August 14-17, 2017)
On August 14-17 the second in-depth educational and methodological seminar for teachers took place. During the seminar, the participants attended lectures about the history of the Holocaust, peculiarities of Nazi antisemitic propaganda. Also they presented their own projects, discussed the difficulties of their implementation and possible ways of overcoming these difficulties. Moreover, the participants who took part in the previous stage of the project «Protecting Memory» presented their gains, shared their experience and gave some advice. A special day was devoted to visiting the places of Jewish heritage and the Holocaust in and around Berdychiv. Currently, the project continues for the selected sites of Vinnytsia and Zhytomyr oblasts.
Entangled history as a perspective for non-formal education
Krzy?owa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe under the support of Erasmus+ have held a training for educators and multiplies under the title “Entangled history as a perspective for non-formal education”. 2 participants from Poland, Germany and Ukraine have come together to develop a number of workshops for a guidebook using the “entangled history” methodology. During the meeting the group got to know each other better, discussed their national memorial narratives and specificities of education about the Holocaust, learned more about the “entangled history” methodology and found out about the activities of Krzy?owa Foundation. UCHS is happy to be one of the program partner-organizations in 2017.
Educational course for students and young researchers “Genocide of Jews in Europe: Historical Perspectives and Approaches” (Kyiv - Berlin, May - November 2017). Kyiv seminar.
On 26-28 May 2017 the first stage of the course was held – an educational and methodological seminar in Kyiv. 15 participants from Kyiv, Lviv, Dnipro, Ivano-Frankivsk, Khmelnitskyi, Kharkiv, Rivne took part in an intensive program that included lectures, discussions, excursions and presentations of research projects. Now a distance training course continues from June to August.
The course is organized by Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies in cooperation with the Museum and Memorial “House of the Wannsee Conference” under the support of Embassy of Germany in Ukraine.
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Exhibition on the genocide of Roma in Transnistria

During 2015-2016 the German organization Bildungswerk für Friedensarbeit (Education for cooperation) was carrying out a project focused on the history of Roma genocide in the so called “Transnistria” – the region between the Dniester and the Southern Bug rivers that was occupied by Romania during the Second World War.
The group of young people, Roma and non-Roma, from Ukraine, Moldova, Germany and Romania visited places in Southern Ukraine, where Roma deported from Romania, Bessarabia and Bukovyna found themselves in 1942-1944. Many of those Roma died of starvation, epidemics and humiliation from local authorities, sometimes – of intentional mass killings. Participants of the trip also met Roma who managed to survive the genocide and local non-Roma citizens who witnessed what happened to people doomed to die. The result of the project is an exhibition that perfectly combines different dimensions of this tragic event and its meaning for today.
Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies took part in preparing and editing the Ukrainian and Russian versions of the exhibition. With the organizers’ kind permission, the exhibition is located on “The Genocide of Roma (Gypsies) during the occupation of Ukraine (1941-1944): Research, Teaching, and Commemoration” website. It is made for everyone interested in this subject, especially Ukrainian Roma, and for scholars, teachers and people who are interested in Roma history on the territories of Ukraine during the Second World War.

"Holocaust and Modernity. Studies in Ukraine and the World" 1 (14) 2016

The Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies is pleased to announce new 1 (14) 2016 issue of the interdisciplinary scholarly journal "Holocaust and Modernity. Studies in Ukraine and the World".

A Letter of Concern by Ukrainian Historians Regarding the Plans to Construct the Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center
On September 28, 2016, during the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Babyn Yar tragedy in Kyiv a plan was announced to create Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center ( http://prostir.museum/ua/post/38005). The project was initiated by Russian billionaires of Ukrainian descent Pavlo Fuks, Mykhaylo Fridman, Herman Khan and a Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Pinchuk.
In early February 2017, in Kyiv an expert meeting took place, gathering Holocaust historians, mostly from abroad, to discuss the concept of the future memorial ( http://www.istpravda.com.ua/short/2017/02/13/149532/).
Based on the information available to the public, the project has raised a number of considerable concerns from the well-known Ukrainian historians specializing in Ukrainian-Jewish history, the Holocaust, World War II, historical memory and interethnic relations. Their reasoning was laid out in a common letter, addressed to their colleagues chosen as experts of the Memorial Center.
Below you can find the full text of that letter...
Dear colleagues!
From now on, the website of the Public Committee for commemorating of Babyn Yar victims offers the virtual exhibition «Babyn Yar: Memory against History’s Background». The virtual exhibition is created based on the materials of the multimedia exhibition, which was conducted in the Kyiv History Museum from September 15 to November 27, 2016, dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Babyn Yar tragedy. The exhibition is available in Ukrainian and in English, is completely interactive, and is supplemented with a video guide in Ukrainian.
The project was implemented by the Kyiv History Museum and the Public Committee «Babyn Yar», with support from the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance and the Canadian Charity “Ukrainian Jewish Encounter Initiative”.
This exhibition includes materials from the collections of the All-Ukrainian Jewish Council and of the Museum «Heroism and Holocaust», the Central State CinePhotoPhono Archives of Ukraine named after H. Pshenychnyi, the Ukrainian National Information Agency «Ukrinform», the National Museum of the History of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies, the NaUKMA Center for Studies of History and Culture of East European Jewry, the Departmental State Archives of the Security Service of Ukraine, Oleh Olzhych Foundation, and from private collections.
The author and curator of the project is Vitaliy Nakhmanovych, leading researcher of the Kyiv History Museum, executive secretary of the Public Committee «Babyn Yar».
To visit the virtual exhibition please follow the link below: http://memory.kby.kiev.ua/
The XII Annual Round table discussion “Holocaust Commemoration and the Ukrainian Society: Research and Educational Aspects” on occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day
On the 27th of January 2019 Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies and Goethe-Institut in Ukraine under the support of the Embassy of the State of Israel to Ukraine held the XII annual round table discussion “Holocaust Commemoration and the Ukrainian Society: Research and Educational Aspects”.
Among the topics discussed were:
- the newest research in the Holocaust studies;
- representation of the Holocaust in Ukrainian textbooks for schools and universities;
- challenges and perspectives of public history in Ukraine, research and art projects and their potential;
- presentation of the Babyn Yar Memorial Museum concept.
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“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. Photos
Presentation of Robert Kuwalek’s book in Lviv
On the 4th of December 2018 Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies presented a new book in Lviv – the Ukrainian translation of the monograph by Robert Kuwa?ek “Death Camp in Be??ec”. Among the participants were friends and colleagues of Robert Kuwa?ek, scholars, teachers, representatives of the local Jewish community. Iryna Sklokina (Center for Urban History of East Central Europe) moderated the event. The speakers included Taras Martynenko (Ivan Franko Lviv National University), Andrii Usach (“Territory of Terror” Memorial Museum), Anatolii Podoskyi (Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Center).
Bulletin «Lessons of the Holocaust», ¹2 (54), 2018
Dear colleagues! The fresh issue of information-pedagogical bulletin of UCHS «Lessons of the Holocaust», ¹2 (54), April - June 2018, has been published.
Download (in Ukrainian)
"Holocaust and Modernity. Studies in Ukraine and the World" 1 (15) 2017
The Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies is pleased to announce new 1 (15) 2017 issue of the interdisciplinary scholarly journal "Holocaust and Modernity. Studies in Ukraine and the World".
A New Edition of Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies: Michael Hauptman «Forgotten Tombs»
A new publication within the «Library of the Holocaust Memoirs» series appeared. It is the memories of Michael Hauptman titled «Forgotten Graves» (Hauptman Michael, Forgotten Graves / trans. from Polish A. Sharyi, Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies. – Kyiv: Phoenix Publishing House, 2017. – 175 p.). Translation and publication of the book became possible owing to the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Representative office in Ukraine (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung). In his memoirs Michael Hauptman (1916-1990) recollects the history of the murder of Jewish communities of Skhidnytsia and Urych in Eastern Galicia. The most important thing about this book is that it was written not by an outside observer, but by a person who managed to survive in the epicenter of the Holocaust. For the rest of his life Hauptman was forced to bear the burden of memory of the death of many relatives and neighbors in the summer of 1941, the direct witness of which he was. We hope that these memories will encourage a thoughtful reader to think about the pain of loss, the thirst for life and the search for justice.
More details (in Ukrainian)
The 12th Annual Educational and Methodical Fellowship in Holocaust Studies for Ukrainian Teachers at Yad Vashem
On November 19-27 , 2017 the 12th annual educational and methodological seminar for Ukrainian educators on teaching about the Holocaust in secondary schools was held at the International School for Holocaust Studies (ISHS) in Yad Vashem, Jerusalem. It was organized in cooperation with the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies (UCHS). This year 16 Ukrainian teachers and 2 educators from Belarus participated in the training course. An important and significant part of 2017 seminar was the presentation of the first common publication of UCHS and Yad Vashem, «The Daughter We Have Always Wanted. The Story of Marta», that was published in Ukrainian in November 2017. It was significant also because the main character of the book, Marta Goren, took part in the presentation. This year's seminar for Ukrainian teachers was held under the support of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine and the Embassy of the State of Israel in Ukraine.

Programme (in Ukrainian)
A new edition in the «Library of the Holocaust Memoirs» series: The Story of Marta
Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies is pleased to present a new edition of the «Library of the Holocaust Memoirs» series. «The Daughter we have always wanted. The story of Marta» is the first edition of the Center, which has been adapted for readers over 10 years old. The original book was created by Yad Vashem and the Ukrainian version appeared upon the initiative of the NGO «Helsinki Initiative-XXI» – localized in Chortkiv, Marta’s birthtown. Thanks to Tigran Sogoyan, this story talks to us not only through text and family photos, but also through wonderful illustrations. «The Daughter we have always wanted. The story of Marta » is a story of a Jewish child who clung to life despite terrible loss and subsequently found herself in the State of Israel.
See the book (in Ukrainian)
«Babyn Yar: Memory against History’s Background»
Presentation of the album-catalog and discussion about the problems of commemoration
Thursday, September 28th
Museum and Exhibition Center « Museum of Kyiv History»
Khmelnitsky Street, 7, floor 1
The problem of adequate commemoration of the victims of Babyn Yar has recently become a subject of fierce public debates. Lack of a comprehensive vision and scientific approaches, lack of public compromise and state responsibility prevent dealing with it proprely.

In 2016 two significant projects were implemented jointly by a number of scientific, state and public organizations: the International Architectural Ideas Competition for Complex Integration of Memorial Area in Kyiv «Babyn Yar – Dorogozhytsky Necropolis» and the multimedia exhibition «Babyn Yar: Memory against History’s Background ».
More details (in Ukrainian)
To the anniversary of the tragedy of Babyn Yar (1941-2017)

- NGO «Bildungswerk für Friedensarbeit» (Berlin, Germany)
- National-cultural association «Amala» (Kyiv, Ukraine)
- Gypsy music and drama theater «Romance» (Kyiv, Ukraine)
- Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies (Kyiv, Ukraine)
announce the opening of the exhibition «Genocide against the Roma - Remember to Resist»
Location: Gypsy music and drama theater «Romance»
Address: Peremohy Avenue, 38, Kyiv.
Date and time of opening: September 28, 2017 at 5 PM.
See flyer (in Ukrainian)
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