(Un)Official Memory on the Holocaust in the USSR: Places, Monuments, People

(Un)Official Memory on the Holocaust in the USSR: Places, Monuments, People

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Dr. Iryna Sklokina

Center for Urban History

November 8, 2018 / 6.00 pm

"Territory of Terror" Memorial Museum of Totalitarian Regimes 

In terms of the present-day culture of memory on the Holocaust in Ukraine, we often refer to the fact that the myth of "victory of Soviet people" excluded the topic of ethnically motivated violence against the Jews, and resulted into historical amnesia. However, a more careful look at the Soviet period shows that both in public domain, and in informal environments, there was a complex process of search for a new possible language to represent the tragedy. Religious Jewish communities, the glorified Soviet veterans with high awards, dissident Zionists, artists from formal unions or from beyond them, family of the fallen, and even propaganda publicists resorted to the topic of persecution of Jews by the Nazi, while guided by varied intentions. The lecture will try to show the limits and opportunities of talking about the Holocaust in the USSR – not only in Kyiv or Minsk, but also in very local contexts. The broader discussion will cover opportunities of individual and group activism, resistance, and "creative adaptation" in an authoritarian and repressive society.

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Dr. Iryna Sklokina

is a historian and a researcher at the Center for Urban History. Dissertation about the official Soviet policy of memory of the Nazi occupation of Ukraine using the example of Kharkiv.  At the Center for Urban History Iryna Sklokina researches historical heritage, in particular industrial and Soviet heritage in Kharkiv and Lviv. 

"Lwów, לעמבערג‎, Львів, Lemberg, Lviv’43: The City that did (not) Survive" is a series of memorial activities to commemorate the 75th anniversary of liquidation of the ghetto and Janowska concentration camp in Lviv. Throughout March-November, 2018, the city will host lectures, exhibitions, and memorial concerts. The program is running with support of Lviv City Council, and in partnership with research, museum, and cultural organization of the city, such as the Memorial Museum of Totalitarian Regimes "Territory of Terror," Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, Charity Fund Hesed-Arje, Lviv Organ and Chamber Music Hall, "Collegium Musicum" Music Agency, Jewish Studies Program at UCU, Charity fund B’ney B’rit "Leopolis" named after Emil Domberger.