Close and Together: Ethnical, Political, and Human in Modern Ukrainian Society

Close and Together: Ethnical, Political, and Human in Modern Ukrainian Society

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10.8.2015. 18:30

Ratusha Restaurant (Rynok Sq. 1), Lviv

Shimon Redlich described Berezhany as a place where all citizens, Poles, Jews, and Ukrainians, lived together and apart. Such coexistence was put to an end by the Second Wld War, Holocaust, and deportations. Ukraine is one of the places where the 20th century brought some of the bloodiest experiences of war and implementation of radical ideologies. Today, in Ukraine we face multiple challenges and are looking for answers to the following questions: How to build openness not only in expectation of loyalty? How can different thinking be and how must it be part of dynamic society and culture? How should boundaries of a community be defined and whether they are needed at all? Is Ukraine a state for all of its citizens? How do we define the notion of a ‘Ukrainian’ in the 21st century?

The conversation is led by

Myroslav Marynovych

a dissident,human rights activist, political essay writer. Vice-rector of Ukrainian Catholic University. Co-founder of Ukrainian Helsinki Union. Ex-president of Ukrainian PEN-club.

Josef Zissels

a dissident, public figure and social activist. Head of Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine. Vice-President of Congress of Ethnic Minorities of Ukraine.

Talk is a part of the program  "Jewish Days at the City Hall: Common Heritage and Responsibility".


Сover Image: Revolution of  Dignity, Euromaidan