Myths and Beyond
July 29, 2015

On July, 29, 2015 there was held an open lecture by Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern "Myths and Beyond: Jews in Ukraine". The lecture was part of a series of lectures, discussions and conversations "Jewish Days at the City Hall: Common Heritage and Responsibility". The lecture took place at ‘Ratusha’ restaurant (1, Rynok Square). The entry is free.

A common Ukrainian stereotype about Jews and Jewish history in Ukraine is typically based on myths, but not on understanding of complicated Jewish-Ukrainian relations. Did Jews rent Ukrainian churches? Did they regularly make Ukrainian peasants drunk? Did they lick the boots of Polish noblemen and favour communism? At the same time, were they really in for imperial attitudes and Ukrainian-bloodthirsty? In this lecture we were analyzing answers to these and other sore points that still dominate national and cultural memory of Ukrainians.

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, a professor of Jewish Studies and Jewish History at Northwestern university of Chicago. He taught at different schools, including Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Jerusalem University and Harvard. He is author of over a hundred of academic articles and six books. Lecturer of summer school of Jewish history at the Center for Urban History.


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 "Jewish Days at the City Hall: Common Heritage and Responsibility" is implemented under the patronage of the Honorary Consulate of the State of Israel in Lviv.