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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

XVI Competition of Students Research and Art Works History and Lessons of the Holocaust
The XVI All-Ukrainian I.B. Medvinsky Competition of Students Research and Art Works History and Lessons of the Holocaust took place on 14-16 May in Kyiv. It was traditionally organized by Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies with the support from the Eurasian Jewish Congress and the Embassy of the State of Israel to Ukraine. A section on Roma genocide during WWII was sponsored by the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility, Future for the third year in a row. This year the participants sent in 70 papers from 14 regions of Ukraine and also from Belarus and Moldova. 52 of these were approved for participation in the final event. In total the competition hosted almost 60 pupils of 8 11 grades and up to 42 teachers-tutors from Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. Details (in Ukrainian)...
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List of awards (in Ukrainian)
Bulletin Lessons of the Holocaust, # 4 (44), 2015
Dear colleagues! The fresh issue of information-pedagogical bulletin of UCHS Lessons of the Holocaust, # 4 (44), October December 2015, has been published.
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On occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day
The 9th Annual Round Table Discussion
"Holocaust Commemoration and the Ukrainian Society: Research and Educational Aspects"
On 27 January 2016 a round table discussion for teachers, researchers and students "Holocaust Commemoration and the Ukrainian Society: Research and Educational Aspects" took place in Kyiv. It was traditionally organized by Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies and Goethe-Institut in Ukraine under the support of the Embassy of the State of Israel in Ukraine. This event was targeted at encouraging public discussion on the Holocaust commemoration in the Ukrainian society, fostering research and teaching about the Holocaust in Ukraine.

During the round table participants could hear presentations in three sessions:

  • Session I. Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Ukraine: Challenges of Integration into the National Historical Narrative;
  • Session II. Teaching about the Holocaust as a Part of Ukrainian History: Challenges and Perspectives;

  • Session III. Historical Memory about the Holocaust and Genocide in Ukraine. Issues of its Compatibility with National Memorial Narrative.
The presentations by invited speakers were followed by questions and discussions.
Moreover, the participants and guests of the round table could attend a play "Valiza" (Walizka/The Suitcase) by M. Sikorska-Miszczuk staged by "Nash Teatr" (Our Theater) theater group and a screening of a documentary Farewell Herr Schwartz (Schnee von Gestern) followed by a discussion with film director Yael Reuveny (Israel/Germany).
Programme (in English)...
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"Holocaust and Modernity. Studies in Ukraine and the World" 1 (13) 2015
The Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies is pleased to announce new 1 (13) 2015 issue of the interdisciplinary scholarly journal "Holocaust and Modernity. Studies in Ukraine and the World".
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Holocaust as Remembered by Generations Exhibition
18 December 2015 - 14 January 2016
From December 17, 2015 and on Sholom Aleichem Museum in Kyiv is hosting an exhibition Holocaust as Remembered by Generations, organized under the support of the German Embassy in Ukraine and the Jewish Foundation in Ukraine. The exhibition shows art works by participants of the All-Ukrainian Competition of Students Research and Art Works History and Lessons of the Holocaust held annually by Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies.
The Holocaust is incredibly complicated for understanding to historians, philosophers, artists, any grown-ups. Children and teenagers have their own perception of the tragic happening and their own way to convey it via works of art. Therefore, we invited you to visit this stunning exhibition of students works.
The exhibition is open for viewing on 18. 12.2015 14.01.2016 in Sholom Aleichem Museum (a department of Kyiv History Museum) at 5a V.Vasylkivska str., Kyiv.
Announcement poster (in Ukrainian)
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Jewish Children of Ukraine Victims of the Holocaust Exhibition in Kherson Region December
The city of Tsuriupynsk, Kherson oblast, namely Tsuriupynsk School # 2 with advanced foreign language learning hosted on 7-12 December the exhibition Jewish Children of Ukraine Victims of the Holocaust, a local Ukrainian constituent of the Anne Frank a History for Today exhibit. The event was initiated by the Resource Center for Civic Education functioning in school # 2 (headed by N. Kolpachenko). Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies provided the exhibition panels and peer-guide training (done by N. Ufimtseva). Over the week the exhibition was visited by about 800 students and teachers from the city and the area. The guided tours were provided by 7-8th grade students of the hosting school. They noted the significance of such an experience for them. And their visitors too could learn about the tragic and heroic fate of Ukrainian Jews during WWII, not least about the examples of saving actions by local Ukrainians.
See school web-site (in Ukrainian) for more info.
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It Was Here That I Felt a Human Again...
A new edition of UCHS:
ҳ .... . .: , 2014. 92 . (It Was Here That I Felt a Human Again Historical and methodological materials to the documentary film From Galicia to Aargau)

Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies continues its series Library of the Holocaust Memoirs. These materials accompanied by the film (an educational set of a DVD and a brochure with historical and methodological data) give us a possibility to feel the tragic context of the time through the tragic personal story of Isaak Steger Jerzy Czarnecki.

These historical and methodological texts are to a certain extent an informational supplement to the documentary by Peter and Susanne Scheiner From Galicia to Aargau: a Fate of a Jewish European in the XX century. The main part of the film was shot in 2007, in six years, in 2013 the film was ready with an epilogue. This is a story about a Jew from eastern Galicia, from a small town Velyki Mosty. Isaak Steger managed to escape the Nazi genocide on Ukrainian territories. Under the name of Jerzy Czarnecki, after many tragic challenges, he managed to survive the Holocaust and get to Switzerland, Canton Aargau, where he spent a considerable part of his life after the war. The materials are dedicated to the history of west-Ukrainian Jews, Ukrainian-Jewish relations in the region before and during the Holocaust, history of the Jewish community in Velyki Mosty. The edition also contains lists of selected works for further reading, recommendations for teachers on using the film in class, additional sources.

The publication was possible due to financial support from the Embassy of Switzerland in Ukraine and Moldova.
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"Holocaust and Modernity. Studies in Ukraine and the World" 1 (12) 2014
The Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies is pleased to announce new 1 (12) 2014 issue of the interdisciplinary scholarly journal "Holocaust and Modernity. Studies in Ukraine and the World".
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Bjorn Westlie. My Fathers War
(Translated from Norwegian by D. Nikandrov, M. Schchyrba; published by UCHS)

During the Second World War a young Norwegian Petter Westlie was a Nazi supporter and a Waffen-SS volunteer to fight for Gemany on the Eastern Front. When his son Bjorn grew up to realize his fathers actions, he broke off with him. It was only in many years that Brojn felt that his father wanted to tell his son about this past. Finally, Petter Westlie recorded the story on tape for him.

The story is about an unusual relationship between a man and his father, and also about the experience young Norwegians gained in military service after Nazi attack on the Soviet Union. The author researched all available historical sources to compare his fathers story with facts. He also made a trip in his fathers traces to the sites in Ukraine where the soldiers of invading military squads (including Petter Westlie) committed crimes against hundreds of thousands of civilians, foremost the Jews of Ukraine.
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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 Historys 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/
Annual Seminar in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Memorial de la Shoah
19-24 December 2016. It was commonly organized by Memorial de la Shoah (France) and UCHS.
15 participants had almost a week to visit memorial sites, exchange knowledge and experience with French colleagues, attend lectures and workshops by leading specialists. Among the topics presented for discussion were issues of Holocaust history, persecution of Jews in France, Stalin repressions and pogroms during the civil war in Russia, cases of genocide in Rwanda and Srebrenica. The meeting was topped by a round-table on teaching about the Holocaust, where Ukrainian and French colleagues could discuss common challenges and how to face them.
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XI Annual Educational and Methodical Fellowship in Holocaust Studies for Ukrainian Teachers at Yad Vashem
On 13-21 November 2016 the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem (Israel) hosted the XI annual educational and methodical fellowship for Ukrainian teachers of history and humanities. This year 22 teachers took part, among them 4 colleagues from Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Moldova. The majority of the group was composed from the alumni of educational seminar-school on Holocaust studies held by UCHS in Chernivtsi in early July 2016. The fellowship was made possible due to the efforts of Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies and our partners Yad Vashem, the Embassy of the State of Israel and the Eurasian Jewish Congress.
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Local seminars within the new project on dissemination of educational materials against antisemitism and antigypsyism
Two seminars in Kyiv on 21-23 October and 4-6 November 2016 launched the new two-year project of Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies aiming at dissemination of educational materials against antisemitism and antigypsyism for Ukrainian in-service teacher training institutions and local departments of education. It also aims to encourage cooperation and exchange between formal and informal teacher training programmes in Ukraine.
The meetings in Kyiv joined lecturers-representatives of state teacher-training institutions from all over Ukraine. We were also happy to welcome representatives of the Institute of Education Content Modernization (an institute within the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine). During three-day events the participants could exchange opinions, attend lectures and workshops, familiarize with educational materials and express their opinions on combating hatred, antisemitism and antigypsyism.
Following the launch events, local two-day seminars started on the local level, gathering history teachers and in close cooperation with in-service teacher training institutions and local departments of education. As of now such seminars took place in Vinnytsia and Bila Tserkva, planned and confirmed are seven more out of twenty that will have taken place by the end of 2017.
It is envisaged that the project will also give a possibility to gather teachers experience in usage of the educational materials and better evaluate the local needs and wishes for combating antisemitism, antigypsyism and other forms of hatred.
The project became possible owing to the support by the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility, Future (Stiftung Erinnerung, Verantwortung, Zukunkft) http://www.stiftung-evz.de
Travelling exhibition Jewish Children of Ukraine Victims of the Holocaust
In September-November 2016 the travelling exhibition Jewish Children of Ukraine Victims of the Holocaust visited gymnasiums in Goshtscha (Rivne oblast), Cherkasy and Mishkovo-Pogorilove (Mykolayiv oblast).
While the schools ordered and hosted the exhibitions, the students from these schools tried themselves in the role of guides for their peers and outside visitors. Having been specially trained by Nadiia Ufimtseva they told the visitors of the exhibition about the tragic fate of Ukrainian Jewish children during the Second World War and the Holocaust.
Photos from Goshtscha
Photos from Cherkasy
Photos from Mishkovo-Pogorilove
Roma Genocide in Ukraine during WWII: research, teaching, commemoration
In frames of honoring the 75th anniversary of Babyn Yar tragedy a conference under the title Roma Genocide in Ukraine during WWII: research, teaching, commemoration was held by UCHS on 4.10.2016. The conference was held in cooperation with Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, the Hrushevsky Institute for Ukrainian Archeography and Source Studies, the International Renaissance Foundation and under the support of the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility, Future.
More details (in Ukrainian)
Program (in Ukrainian)
Educational Course Genocide of Jews in Europe: Perspectives and Approaches, 2016
On August 26, 2016 the main element of the educational course Genocide of Jews in Europe: Perspectives and Approaches has finished. It was a study trip of the participants - researchers, educators and young professionals - to the Museum and Memorial House of the Wannsee Conference. During the seminar in Berlin the participants visited memorial sites and museums, had an introduction into memorial policies and practices in Germany, discussed perspectives and approaches to studies and education about WWII and the Holocaust in Ukraine and Germany. The educational course was planned and implemented by Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies in cooperation with the Museum and Memorial House of the Wannsee Conference under the support of the German Embassy in Ukraine. And on November 11, 2016 the Embassy hosted final follow-up meeting of the participants and organizers of the educational course. The attendees tried to compare memorial policies and practices in Ukraine and Germany, presented their plans for future research and ideas for cooperation.
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9th Annual R. Kuwalek Study Trip History of the Holocaust in Ukraine and Poland, 22-27 August 2016
On 22-27 August 2016 Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies (Kyiv) in cooperation with Center Teatr Brama Grodzka NN (Lublin) and Center for Urban History of East-Central Europe (Lviv) held the 9th annual educational and methodical study trip for teachers of history and humanities History of the Holocaust in Ukraine and Poland. The seminar gave much space for discussions and exchange of experience. Lectures and workshops were powered by visits to memorial places in Lviv, Rava-Ruska, Lublin-Majdanek, Sobibor, Belzec. The participants were also deeply impressed by the visit to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN and the educational programs presented to them by the local associates. The study trip became possible owing to the support of American Jewish Committee and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.
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Annual Educational Seminar-School in Holocaust Studies and Teaching about the Holocaust, Chernivtsi 2016
Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies, in cooperation with Yad Vashem (Jerusalem) and under the support of the Embassy of the State of Israel to Ukraine, Vaad of Ukraine and the Eurasian Jewish Congress held on 30 June 5 July 2016 the annual seminar-school in Holocaust studies and teaching about the Holocaust. This year the seminar took place in Chernivtsi. Owing to the support by EAJC it was possible to invite colleagues-teachers from Belarus, Moldova and Kyrgyzstan to participate. All in all, out of 70 applications 30 teachers were invited to take part, representing 13 regions of Ukraine.
The week-long studies included lectures, workshops, guided tours, discussions and film viewing. The content was provided by famous historians and education professionals from Ukraine and Israel.
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onference Contested Memories of the Difficult Past. Eastern Europe and Its History of the 20th Century
The German Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) cordially invites you to the conference Contested Memories of the Difficult Past. Eastern Europe and Its History of the 20th Century which will take place in Kyiv/Ukraine from 30 September to 2 October 2016.

The conference addresses questions related to victimisation and responsibility, how art and culture are dealing with competing historical narratives, and the influence of the diaspora on practices of remembrance in post-socialist countries. It will also discuss how discourses of remembrance and political decisions influence each other at the local and international level, and how transnational remembrance and genocide research can contribute to a critical view of the past in Eastern Europe.The conference also aims to dev elop adequate strategies for making younger generations more aware of this topic.

For more information and registration see: www.bpb.de/contested-memories
Educational Course Genocide of Jews in Europe: Perspectives and Approaches. Start-up Seminar in Kyiv.
On 27-29 May Kyiv hosted an introductory seminar for educational course Genocide of Jews in Europe: Perspectives and Approaches. The course is held by Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies in association with the Museum and Memorial House of the Wannsee Conference and under the support of the German Embassy in Ukraine.
The participants of the course could get to know each other, present their research, take part in discussions and hear lectures by established professionals. In the end of the day they also had a possibility to view and discuss a film Farewell, Mr. Schwartz by Yael Reuveni (Israel/Germany).
The programme presupposed visits to memorial places in Kyiv, among them the Memorial Complex Bykivnya Graves, National Reserve Babyn Yar and the Museum of History of Ukraine in WWII.
Currently the distance learning session has commenced. In August the participants will be welcomed in Berlin by the Museum and Memorial House of the Wannsee Conference at the final stage of their learning course.
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Tolerance Lessons of the Holocaust Program: A Seminar in Minsk
On 27-30 October Minsk hosted a seminar on teaching about the Holocaust within the framework of a programme by Eurasian Jewish Congress Tolerance Lessons of the Holocaust. Among the participants were 29 schoolteachers, museum associates, educators, college teachers from all over Belarus.
To hold this seminar EAJC partnered with Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies, who provided content support for the seminar lectures and workshops. Once and again during the event the participants and seminar leaders noted the necessity to combat xenophobia, antisemitism, racism and other forms of hatred through educating tolerance with children and teenagers. History of the Holocaust and tragedies of other victims of Nazism and Stalinism served as an example of where stereotypes and prejudice might lead under certain conditions.
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