Lviv, Сity of Paradoxes

On September 10th, 2014 at 6:00 at the conference hall of the Center for Urban History the presentation of the book "Lviv, City of Paradoxes" was held.

Lviv, formerly named Leopolis, Lemberg, Lwów and Lvov, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, but is still struggling with its history. It is a city in which Hitler and Stalin were given free rein, resulting in the systematic destruction of a thriving Central-European culture. Many pre-war residents were expelled or murdered. Yet the buildings have been miraculously salvaged. How do the current residents deal with that heritage?

Five Dutchman became intrigued by this question. Documentary photographer Dolph Kessler penetrates with his photographs deep into the Lviv of today. Journalist Michiel Driebergen, urban planner Kees van Ruyven and philosopher Ruud Meij explore the history, the present and the future of Lviv in three fascinating essays. Herman Zonderland has made a unique map supplement. This book is a declaration of love for this pearl in the heart of Europe.

During the presentation, the authors invited the participants to join the discussion of what future awaits Lviv.