The Missing Page in Museums: The History of Jewish Communities as Part of the Multiethnic Heritage of Ukraine

The Missing Page in Museums: The History of Jewish Communities as Part of the Multiethnic Heritage of Ukraine

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Vadim Altskan

U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

July 25, 2017

Ratusha restaurant at pl. Rynok, 1, Lviv

The lecture is devoted to the problems of integrating the history of the Jews of Ukraine into the museum and educational space of modern Ukraine. The lecture will demonstrate the importance and necessity of including Jewish cultural and historical heritage in the development of modern museums and historical exhibitions in Ukraine.

Analyzing various aspects of Jewish-Ukrainian relations, including its difficult and tragic moments, the lecture also pays special attention to the periods of peaceful coexistence of two nations, the mutual enrichment of their cultures, and political and economic cooperation.

Using the encouraging experience of other Eastern European countries (Poland, Lithuania) the lecture would argue that Jewish heritage not only enriches and widens the cultural and historical traditions of Ukraine, but also layed the foundations for its European integration.

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Vadim Altskan

is a historian specializing in Eastern European, Balkan, and Jewish history. He serves as the Project Director for the International Archival Programs at the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. He directs archival research and acquisitions in the Balkans, Baltics, Caucasus, Central Asia, and East Europe, including Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia, with the aim of developing the Museum’s archival collections and fulfilling the Museum’s mission to preserve evidence of the Holocaust and make historical materials available to scholars and the public.

Jewish Days is a public program for general audiences. It is related to two other projects of the Center for Urban History - Summer School in Jewish History and Multicultural Past, held annually since 2010, and the initiative Space of Synagogues: Jewish History, Common Heritage and Responsibility (in partnership with the Lviv City Council and the German Society for International Cooperation, GIZ).

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