On September 14-16, in Tel Aviv took place a workshop "Jews and Ukrainians: Controversial Issues of Historical Memory".
During the workshop were discussed acute problems of historical memory of the tragedy of the Holocaust and the Holodomor in Ukraine. These are sharp questions in the relations between Ukraine and Israel and scholars from Ukraine and Germany stepped up their efforts to understand them.
Secretary of the Embassy M.Panchenko addressed the participants of the workshop with a welcoming speech and voiced the position of Ukraine on the need to recognize the Holodomor 1932-33 in Ukraine as a genocide of Ukrainian people.
The Israeli side at the workshop was represented by Ksenia Svetlova, Knesset member of the State of Israel. Ksenia Svetlova stressed the necessity to spread information on the tragedy of Ukrainian people - the Holodomor of 1932-33 in Ukraine, and promised to promote recognition of this tragedy as a genocide of the Ukrainian people.
The following topics were discussed at the workshop:
- "Creators of memory: Ukrainians and Jews in the historical politics of modern Ukraine", "How (not) to offend people: contemporary discussions about historical ethnonyms (names) of Jews and Ukrainians" (speaker: Vasily Rasevich);
- "Return of the Unnamed: Integration of the Jewish Heritage into the Public Space of Modern Ukraine" (speaker: Taras Nazaruk);
- "The Holocaust in Bobrovyu Kut and Zolochiv: Models of Memory and Memory" (speaker: Shimon Briman);
- "Why did Stalin and his heirs conceal information about the Holocaust in the USSR?" (speaker: Boris Maftsir);
- "Memory of the Holocaust and the Holodomor in the historical discourse of the USSR and modern Ukraine" (speaker: Nicolas Dreier);
- "Work with archival data on the Holocaust" (speaker: Anna Nevzlina).
The participants took an active part in the discussion, asked questions, shared their own and family stories. At the end, summarizing, the participants of the workshop offered themes for future meetings of such a kind.
The organizer of the seminar was the NGO "Israeli Friends of Ukraine", with the support of the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, as well as with the assistance of the Embassy of Ukraine in the State of Israel and the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe (Lviv).