On July 25, 2017 at 6.30 pm,
lecture-discussion series "Jewish Days in the City Hall: (Un)Displayed Past in East European"
was continued with a lecture by Vadim Altskan on "The Missing Page in Museums: The History of Jewish Communities as Part of the Multiethnic Heritage of Ukraine."
The lecture took place in the restaurant "Ratusha"
(1, Rynok sq.). Admission free.
The lecture is devoted to the problems of
integrating the history of the Jews of Ukraine into the museum and educational
space of modern Ukraine. The lecture will demonstrate the importance and
necessity of including Jewish cultural and historical heritage in the
development of modern museums and historical exhibitions in Ukraine.
Analyzing various aspects of
Jewish-Ukrainian relations, including its difficult and tragic moments, the
lecture also pays special attention to the periods of peaceful coexistence of
two nations, the mutual enrichment of their cultures, and political and
Using the encouraging experience of other
Eastern European countries (Poland, Lithuania) the lecture would argue that
Jewish heritage not only enriches and widens the cultural and historical
traditions of Ukraine, but also layed the foundations for its European
Altskan is a historian specializing in Eastern
European, Balkan, and Jewish history. He serves as the Project Director for the
International Archival Programs at the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center
for Advanced Holocaust Studies. He directs archival research and acquisitions
in the Balkans, Baltics, Caucasus, Central Asia, and East Europe, including
Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia, with the aim of developing the Museum’s archival
collections and fulfilling the Museum’s mission to preserve evidence of the
Holocaust and make historical materials available to scholars and the public
is a public program for general audiences. It is related to two other projects of the Center for Urban History - Summer School in Jewish History and Multicultural Past
, held annually since 2010, and the initiative Space of Synagogues: Jewish History, Common Heritage and Responsibility
(in partnership with the Lviv City Council and the German Society for International Cooperation, GIZ).