Jewish History and Culture of East Central Europe in the 19th-20th Centuries

Jewish History and Culture of East Central Europe in the 19th-20th Centuries

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June 27 - July 22, 2011

Center for Urban History, Lviv

The first summer school took place at the Center in July of 2010. Positive feedback from last year’s students and instructors prompted the Center to continue the summer school project this year as well. As Ukrainian universities typically don’t teach Jewish history and culture as part of their curriculum, we are offering young people in Ukraine the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the history of Jewish life in Ukraine and East-Central Europe through our four-week program. We also aim to create a positive learning environment for young scholars who share common academic interests. This year, we’ve invited instructors from New York, Jerusalem, Wroclaw and Kyiv.

Twenty young people from twelve cities in Ukraine took part in the summer school, including undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and instructors, and journalists.

Over the course of four weeks, participants took two intensive classes on the history of the Jews of East-Central Europe in the 19-20th centuries, a class on the history of local Jewish culture, and a separate class on the history of the Holocaust in Ukraine. Additionally, participants took a 40-hour beginning Yiddish course, which would provide a foundation for those who wish to continue their language study abroad.

Курси лекцій та семінарів

Professor Natalia Aleksiun

Graduate School for Jewish Studies, Touro College, New York
History of the Jews of Galicia in the 19-20th centuries: Between Tradition and Modernity

Dr. Vladimir Levin

Center of Jewish Art at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem
History of the Jews of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, 1772-1991

Dr. Joanna Lisek

Center for the Study of Jewish Culture and Language, Wroclaw University
Traditional Jewish Culture – Person, Customs, Daily Life

Dr. Joanna Lisek

Wroclaw University
Yiddish course

Dr. Anatoly Podolsky

Ukrainian Center for the Holocaust Studies
The History of the Holocaust in Ukraine: Research, Publications, Reflections

Throughout the school, there also were guest lecturers, discussions and film screenings, which were open to the general public. Among the guest lecturers were researchers from several top universities around the world such as Israel Bartal, Semen Goldin, Jonathan Dekel-Chen, and Simon Rabinovich, who introduced current research themes in the field of Jewish History. Ukrainian researchers such as Vita Susak, Vasyl Rasevych, Maksym Hon, Leonid Finberg and Khrystyna Boiko, spoke about Jewish art, political memory, cultural heritage, and more. A special session was dedicated to the current situation and various perspectives regarding museums of Jewish history and culture in Ukraine.

Summer School participants learned about and took field trips to the towns of Zhovkva and Brody, as well as visited places of Jewish historical significance in Lviv.


Сover Image:  Synagogue in Przemyśl, 1910-1914. Claudia Erdheim Collection / Urban media archive