Someone’s or Shared
July 28, 2015
From July 28 to August 10 a series of lectures and discussions "Jewish Days at the City Hall: Shared Heritage and Responsibility" will be held in Lviv. Scholars and researchers from Ukraine, Poland, and the United States will talk about the history and culture of Jews in Lviv, in Galicia, in Ukraine and in Eastern Europe. During "Jewish Days at the City Hall" a project to transform the Jewish Quarter into a memorial public place "Synagogue Space" will be presented. Location – Ratusha Restaurant (1 Rynok sq.). Admission to all events is free!

We would like to invite you to the conversation "Someone’s or Shared: Who Owns Heritage" which will be held on July 28, 7.00 pm.

A researcher of Jewish history from New York Natalia Aleksyun and researcher from Wroclaw Dr. Joanna Lisek will start "Jewish Days at the City Hall" with a talk about who owns heritage. Is the history of a particular community important for understanding the history of a whole city? Who is responsible for maintaining the "foreign" heritage – only direct descendants or absolutely all citizens of the city? In what way does forgotten or unforgotten history of our "yesterday" affect the state of our "today"? Particular attention will be given to the examples of three cities: Wroclaw, Warsaw, and Vilnius. 

Natalia Aleksyun is a professor of modern Jewish history at Touro College Graduate School of Jewish Studies (New York), and also worked at the Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences. Lecturer at the Jewish Summer School at the Center for Urban History.
David Fishman is a professor, teaches history at the Jewish Theological Seminary, director of the Judaica Project, a joint project with the Russian Humanitarian University in Moscow, was editor of the YIVO-Bleter, scholarly publications in Yiddish, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York.
Joanna Lisek, Ph.D, teacher of Hebrew literature and Yiddish Jewish Studies at the University of Wroclaw. Joanna’s research interests are Yiddish literature and the activity Jewish creative environments of the first half of the twentieth century. The author of the book Jung Wilne - żydowska grupa artystyczna. 

Moderator: Iryna Magdysh.


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.