Materials on the Second World War

Materials on the Second World War

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Welcome to learn more about new materials on the Second World War that have recently become available at Lviv Interactive.

Why is it so important to speak about Lviv during the Second World War? What are the most complicated topics to deal with? How to select terminology that does not impose any biased understanding and vision from the today's’ perspective? How to see the multitude of perspectives in this complicated, entangled and cruel history? How to put the local within the global context, and vice versa? How to understand the motivations and actions of people? How to "read" sources and ask questions to them? What is the danger behind the numbers and statistics of war?

These and other questions were in the focus of the authors of the program "Complicated Chapters of Common History: How to Tell about the Second World War in Lviv" that ran within the ReHERIT project. Despite the fact that our target group was the tour guides, the broad audience will also find many new and well-elaborated materials to use. Complicated issues of the Second World War are placed within the broader context of the political, cultural, and social history of the city in the 19-20th centuries. The topic is divided into 5 blocks: Soviet occupation, collaboration and cooperation, the topography of the Holocaust, models of the behavior of the civil population, and the end of the war. The lens of the local perspective helps to view the complicated history and traumatic memory beyond personal, national, and ideological frameworks.

Theme-based blocks are supplemented with maps and additional visual materials related to other stories and places presented in the LIA encyclopedia.

References to blocks:

For questions, feel free to contact coordinator of the ReHerit project Iryna Matsevko [email protected]

Materials designed by Olena Andronatiy, Inna Zolotar, Iryna Matsevko, Anna Chebotariova, Tomasz Jankowski

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On the program for tour guides

On the project "ReHERIT: shared responsibility for common heritage"

Center for Urban History

The "ReHERIT: shared responsibility for common heritage" project is funded by the European Union.

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Сover Image: Beginning of Ivan Franko Street, 1940-1941. Collection of Volodymyr Rumyantsev / Urban media archive