Close and Together
August 10, 2015

On August 10, 2015 at 6.30 pm a conversation "Close and Together: Ethnical, Political, and Human in Modern Ukrainian Society" will be held as a part of the program  "Jewish Days at the City Hall: Common Heritage and Responsibility". The event will take place at ‘Ratusha’ restaurant (1, Rynok Square). The entry is free.

Shimon Redlich described Berezhany as a place where all citizens, Poles, Jews, and Ukrainians, lived together and apart. Such coexistence was put to an end by the Second Wld War, Holocaust, and deportations. Ukraine is one of the places where the 20th century brought some of the bloodiest experiences of war and implementation of radical ideologies. Today, in Ukraine we face multiple challenges and are looking for answers to the following questions: How to build openness not only in expectation of loyalty? How can different thinking be and how must it be part of dynamic society and culture? How should boundaries of a community be defined and whether they are needed at all? Is Ukraine a state for all of its citizens? How do we define the notion of a ‘Ukrainian’ in the 21st century?

The conversation is led by:

Myroslav Marynovych, a dissident,human rights activist, political essay writer. Vice-rector of Ukrainian Catholic University. Co-founder of Ukrainian Helsinki Union. Ex-president of Ukrainian PEN-club.
Josef Zissels, a dissident, public figure and social activist. Head of Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine. Vice-President of Congress of Ethnic Minorities of Ukraine.


Center for Urban History of East and Central Europe;
German Society for International Cooperation GIZ;
Office for Preservation of Historical Environment of Lviv City Council;
Office for Culture of Lviv City Council.

The program is implemented under the patronage of the Honorary Consulate of the State of Israel in Lviv