Video Chronicle

Obertyn, Обертин, אָבערטין
12 February 2019


On February 12, 2019, at 6.30 pm the book presentation "Obertyn, Обертин, אָבערטין – opowieści o życiu miasteczka/stories on the town life" took place.

The bilingual Polish-Ukrainian book is the outcome of the international research project on a town of the former Stanislaviv voivodship – Obertyn. Based on oral and recorded testimonies, the book presents the memory of Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews about their living together in South-East voivodships of the Second Polish Republic. Moreover, it depicts the circumstances of leaving the home places for a long time and separation during the Second World War and post-war.

The stories of citizens are intertwined to produce a collective narrative in a small town in Pokuttia area in ca. 1918 until the late 1950s. The publication invites to start the discussion in Poland and Ukraine on the contested, controversial, and traumatic issues that still have a lasting impact on Polish-Ukrainian-Jewish relations. The book is a monograph about the specific Galician town but the lead story is about the citizens and their experiences, whereas the town acts as an introduction to the story describing life and impact of totalitarianism of the 20th century on the fate of a common individual.

The presentation was attended by: Piotr Zubowski (Centrum Historii Zajezdnia), Pavel Ablamski ( Institute of History Polish Academy of Sciences). Moderated by a historian Oleh Pavlyshyn (Ivan Franko National University of Lviv).

Organizers: Centrum Historii Zajezdnia
Partner: Center for Urban History

The book is under the honorary patronage of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Ukrainian Oral History Association.
The book publication is funded by the KGHM Polska Miedź Foundation, and The Ministry for Culture and National Heritage.