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Methodological meeting with participation of Tkuma Institute
On March 25, Dnipropetrovsk Regional Institute of Advanced Teacher Training (IATT) held a regional exhibition-presentation “Pedagogical Achievements of Dnipropetrovsk Region Teachers – 2015”. The event was attended by 987 educational institutions from 13 cities and 22 districts of Dnipropetrovsk region. The purpose of the event is distribution and introduction of innovative achievements of teachers of Dnipropetrovsk region.
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Meeting of the Strategic Discussion Club
On March 11, Dnipropetrovsk and “Menorah” Center hosted the session of strategic discussion club “EU, NATO ... what will enhance the security of Ukraine?”. Leading European and Ukrainian experts, diplomats of EU Member States visited Dnepropetrovsk specially for participation in the public debate: Andrius Krivas, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania; Marcin Kozhiel, Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine: Jon Elvedal Fredriksen, Ambassador of Norway to Ukraine; Adam Eberhardt, Deputy Director of the Centre for Eastern Studies; Oleksiy Haran, Ukrainian political scientist; and experts of the Institute of World Politics. Researcher Dilfuza Hlushchenko presented “Tkuma” Institute and Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” during the debate.

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About Woman, War and Peace

The sessions of “The Sunday University” took place of March 15. However henceforth the project will be called “The Sunday Club” as organizers finally changed the traditional format of lecture to the interactive dialogue and discussion. The subject of the March meeting was a woman as participant revolutions and wars; on the front and in the rear, in underground movements, in the past and present.

The issue of gender equality is currently being studied in almost all fields of science. But the interest to this subject suggests that the problem of gender discrimination unfortunately still exists. Even a tradition of celebrating March 8, the Day for women’s right to equality, which became a regular reminder of the place of women in society, proves this. The greetings are addressed not to “equal members of society” but to “gentle wives” and “loving mother”, thus emphasizing that women belong to the “weaker sex”, fixing and imposing the public opinion on the mission of women.

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Training session Support of Volunteer Organizations Dealing with In-Migrants and ATO Soldiers
On March 11, Dnipropetrovsk and “Menorah” Center hosted the session of strategic discussion club “EU, NATO ... what will enhance the security of Ukraine?”. Leading European and Ukrainian experts, diplomats of EU Member States visited Dnepropetrovsk specially for participation in the public debate: Andrius Krivas, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania; Marcin Kozhiel, Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine: Jon Elvedal Fredriksen, Ambassador of Norway to Ukraine; Adam Eberhardt, Deputy Director of the Centre for Eastern Studies; Oleksiy Haran, Ukrainian political scientist; and experts of the Institute of World Politics. Researcher Dilfuza Hlushchenko presented “Tkuma” Institute and Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” during the debate.
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The Meeting on Creation of Ukrainian-German Historical Commission

On February 26-27 in Munich the meeting of the Ukrainian and German historians and discussion of the creation of Ukrainian-German Historical Commission was held. In particular, the participants defined the range of the questions for discussing. They included questions on the Holocaust history teaching and the creation of the alternative textbook on World War II and the Holocaust history.
Intellectuals of Ukraine and Germany have been planning the idea of creating the Ukrainian-German Commission for a long time. But this idea turned into reality only now. Polina Barvinskya, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Doctoral Candidate of Modern History Department of I. I. Mechnikov Odesa National University, the specialist on Ukrainian-German relations; Yaroslav Hrytsak, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor of Ukrainian Catholic University; Igor Shchupak, Candidate of Historical Sciences, “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust and Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” Director represented Ukrainian part in the creation of the Commission.

 

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We Announce the Collection of Items for the Exhibition “Revolution of Dignity. ATO”

Dear friends!
Our country faced the terrible challenges. We are the witnesses of historically important events, that is why exactly now we must make an effort to reflect properly the Revolution of Dignity and the events in Eastern Ukraine and memorialize the names of the heroes in our history. With this purpose the Museum starts the creation of the exhibition dedicated to this topic and collecting appropriate exhibits.
If you want to make your contribution to the preservation of the historical memory for future generations, we invite you to join to the creation of the exhibition. The Museum will receive to its funds original exhibits related to the recent events in Ukraine: the objects of Euromaydan and zones from military operations, video and photographs, documents, letters, personal belongings of the Revolution of Dignity participants, ATO fighters, volunteers, physicians and others.
So if you or someone you know has memorable things which deserve to get its place in the Museum, we are waiting for you!
Please call: 38 (050) 452-21-63, 717-70-16, send photos and descriptions of exhibits by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Debate Tournament “DNIPRO OPEN 2015”

On February 20-22 the Annual Open Tournament “Dnipro Open”, conducted by NGO “New Vision” since 2009, was held in Dnipropetrovsk. “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute has been supporting debate tournament for pupils and students three years in a row, so the opening event traditionally took place at the “Menorah” Center in the “Sinai” concert hall. Here the first debate workshops and guided tours around Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” for tutors and debaters took place. This year 25 teams took place in the tournament representing Zaporizhzhya, Dnipropetrovsk, Karlivka, Kyiv, Komsomolsk, Kryvyi Rih, Rozsoshentsi, Tokmak. All in all more than 160 participants participated in the tournament. This is less than last year, but consistently more than in other similar tournaments. The secret of success is difficult to define clearly: perhaps participants are attracted by original themes for discussion; maybe by professional trainers; maybe just by unusually warm family atmosphere of “Dnipro Open”. One thing that is exactly clear is that gifted pupils and students need a platform for communication, exchange of opinions and ideas, and this project can provide it.
 

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Business Breakfast for Representatives of Travel Agencies

On February 18 the event for representatives of travel agencies in the framework of the initiative of “Menorah” Center on development of touristic attraction of Dnipropetrovsk was held. The event was held in a popular European format of business breakfast and brought together over 50 participants.
Svitlana Yermakova, General Director of “Menorah” opened the event. She noted that the current economic situation in the country limits the ability of Ukrainians to travel abroad. So travel agencies have to offer them an alternative – not less interesting program of domestic tourism. Dnipropetrovsk City and “Menorah” Center can become a platform for the provision of tourism services and could satisfy the most demanding tastes of travelers.


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The Students of Minor Academy of Sciences of Ukraine during the Defense Presented the Works on Holoc

On February 6-7 the History faculty of the Dnipropetrovsk National University conducted the second stage of the Ukrainian Competition and Defense of the Research Works of the Students-Members of the Minor Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. This year “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust became a partner of this competition.
Dr. Igor Shchupak, Institute Director, and Denis Shatalov, Institute Research Associate, took part in the Expert Committee work on the defense in the sections “History of Ukraine” and “Local History Studies”.
In his speech, Dr. Shchupak emphasized the need of studying the tragic events of the 20th century as the basis for formation of tolerance in the society. The Institute Director told students and their curators about the prospects of cooperation between young researchers and “Tkuma” Institute, including the possibility of taking part in national and international seminars and competitions. In addition, “Tkuma” Institute plans the publishing the collection of the best works.


 

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Yad Vashem Announced the Selection of Participants for a Training Course on the Holocaust History


Yad Vashem International School for Holocaust Studies with the support of the charity fund “Genesis”, offers a virtual course “There is no more terrible memory” History of the Holocaust (Shoah).
The course starts on March 17, 2015.
After completing all tasks and preparation of the final work, participants will be issued a certificate of successful completion of a course at the Yad Vashem International School for Holocaust Studies.


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Presentation of the film “Kholodnyi Yar”

On January 28th, within the framework of Dniprovsky Historical Club, joint project of “Tkuma” Institute, Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” and Institute of Social Studies, the presentation of the film “Kholodnyi Yar” was conducted. The presentation gathered about hundred viewers. The film is raising the interest not without reason as the fame about it is spreading faster than the presentations in different parts of Ukraine are held, while there is no opportunity to watch the film online.
Among the viewers there were students, teachers, university professors, public activists, permanent participants of “Tkuma” Institute projects and journalists.
We offer you an opinion Dnipropetrovsk Jewish Community site journalist on the presentation of the film.
Within the framework of regular meeting of “Tkuma” Institute project Dniprovsky Historical Club the presentation of a short documentary “Kholodnyi Yar” was held. The film is talking about the unrecognized Kholodnyi Yar republic that little less than a century ago fought for the freedom of the Ukrainian lands from the “white” and “red” interventionists.


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Opening of the Exhibition “Nazi German Death Camp Konzentrationslager Auschwitz”

On January 27, under the commemorations organized by “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies and Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” the opening of the exhibition “Nazi German Death Camp Konzentrationslager Auschwitz” developed by the Polish State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau was conducted. The exhibition is held with the support the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Donetsk and the Polish State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The grand opening was joined by Detlef Voltaire, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Donetsk and Jan Zdanowski, Vice Consul of the Consulate General of Poland in Kharkiv; professionals of science, culture and education, public figures, representatives of Dnipropetrovsk Jewish community, religious leaders, clergy and the general public.
Representatives of the European Commission, who arrived to Dnipropetrovsk with humanitarian mission, also attended the event. Among them there were Christ Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid; Yan Tombinskyy, Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation in Ukraine; Oldrich Andrysek, UNHCR Regional Representative; Claus Sorensen, Director-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO); Giovanna Barberis, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine; Barbara Manzi, Head of the UN Office in Ukraine for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

 

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Memorial Ceremony on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On January 27 in Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” near the panorama “Babi Yar – “Babi Yars” of Ukraine” the Memorial Ceremony to the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day was held. Officials, members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of the United Nations, members of the EU Delegation, religious leaders of different faiths, representatives of the Dnipropetrovsk Jewish community, the media and general public joined the ceremony to commemorate victims of Nazism.
Solomon Flaks, Chairman of the Council of Jewish veterans, retired colonel, opened the ceremony. After him the floor was taken by: Yonatan Leifer, Director of JDC Programs in Eastern Ukraine; Vasyl Kostytsky, Chairman of the National Expert Commission of Ukraine Protection of Public Morality; Faina Vynokurova, Deputy Director of the State Archives Vinnytsia region; Oleksandr Fridkis, Executive Officer of Jewish Religious Community; Rev. Simeon, Bishop of Dnipropetrovsk and Pavlograd of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate; Ramazan Kurbanov, Head of the Muslim Religious Community of Dnipropetrovsk.; Vasyl Pantylyuk, Cane. of Donetsk Exarchate of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.


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All-Ukrainian Pedagogical Seminar

On January 27-28 pedagogical seminar dedicated to the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, attended by history teachers and educators from all over Ukraine, was held. The seminar provided for the exchange of experience in teaching the World War II and the Holocaust history; discussion of the possibilities of using educational potential of these topics and problems of teaching the World War II and the Holocaust history during the current war against Ukraine.
The seminar program was quite diverse and included many activities.

 

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The Exhibition to the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz Was Opened in Kyiv

On January 26, Kyiv hosted the opening of the exhibition “Auschwitz Concentration Camp – Ukrainian Dimension. Research, Documents, Testimonies” dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The organizers of the event are: the National Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance, the G.S. Pshenychny Central State Archive. Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” and “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies took part in creation of the exhibitions. Our Museum handed over a number of unique exhibits that would be on display at the Museum of the Great Patriotic War along with other exhibits.


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The 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Press Center the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany distributes press release regarding opening of the exhibition dedicated to the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. We offer it to the attention of our readers.
On January 27, 2015 world recalls the victims of the concentration camp Auschwitz in the seventieth time. Auschwitz, like no other place, represents the horrible crimes that were caused by the German side.
Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” in Dnipropetrovsk opens the exhibition “Nazi German Death Camp Konzentrationslager Auschwitz” in order to commemorate the victims of Auschwitz. The exhibition was prepared by the Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau and illustrates the most important aspects of the history of the concentration camp, strengthening of National Socialism and the specific elements of the German terror during the occupation of Poland. The exhibition, along with photographs and documents shows the forbidden art of concentration camp prisoners and postwar testimonies of former prisoners.

 

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The Sunday University: about Old Thing in a New Way
On January 18 the next session of the Sunday University was held. However it can be hardly compared with previous ones. The project “the Sunday University” had been working over two years, and the changes were needed to continue its existence. As where is no development there is no life.
This session became the first on the way to reform the project. The lecture format was replaced by interactive dialogue, discussion and hot debates. The content of the session was changed as well. As usual, participants were talking about historical events, but they were considered through the prism of our time, perhaps in even somewhat subjective way because of emotions and beliefs brought by the guests, which were based more on faith than on facts.
Actually, that was the idea. Controversial issues of history and discussion points that divide society were discussed and all those present tried to reach a common denominator. In this way, the theme “Lenin: Bright Past and Totalitarianism” was formulated quite rightly.


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Meeting with ATO Fighters or Intellectuals in the War

Meeting with ATO fighters Oleg Repan and Yuri Fomenko, which took place on January 15th in the premises and with the support of “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust gathered significant audience. The event, initially planned as a very chamber one, attracted many residents of the city. Among the participants there were people of different ages and occupations who came to listen about the events in Eastern Ukraine from the firsthand. Although many participants know about the war in the Donbas from their own experience because a lot of them are volunteers who bring humanitarian aid to soldiers, or visit them in hospitals.
 

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How to Eradicated Lenin from Ukrainian Minds?

On December 12th – 13th Scholarly Conference with metaphorical title “How to Eradicated Lenin from Ukrainian Mind?” too place in Kyiv. The event was organized by French Embassy in Ukraine, French Institute in Ukraine, Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance, European Forum for Ukraine and Center for Research on the Liberation Movement.
Conference participants discussed the problem of overcoming the totalitarian past of Ukraine. The debate was conducted in several dimensions. To be more precise, the discussion on the socio-political and historical issues was conducted at the intersection of sciences such as history, political science, social psychology, economics, culturology, etc. But the main thing that was managed by the conference was an opportunity to exchange ideas and dialogue on the mechanisms and their implementation.


 

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Dniprovsky Historical Club “Unknown Famine in Ukraine in 1928-1929”

On November 30th the session of Dniprovsky Historical Club took place. The event was timed to the Holodomor Remembrance Day, which is marked in Ukraine on November 22nd. Lyudmyla Hrynevych, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Head of Ukrainian Center for Holodomor Studies run by Kyiv Mohyla Academy became the guest of the session. Prof. Hrynevych is lead researcher of the Holodomor in Ukraine, head of research projects in Canada, the US and Europe, the author of fundamental research “Chronicle of Collectivization and the Holodomor in Ukraine” in four volumes, the first of which is dedicated to the famine of 1928-1929. The lecturer decided to discuss this little-known famine during the meeting of Historical Club. So the topic of the meeting sounded like “Unknown Famine in Ukraine in 1928-1929”.

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The topic of the Holodomor will be disclosed in the Museum

A number of new exhibitions is preparing in Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine”. In particular, information about repressions, genocides of the twentieth century, including the Holodomor, will be presented in the Museum halls. Currently researchers of “Tkuma” Institute and the Museum are working on the development of new exhibitions. And getting advice from leading scholars of Ukraine and the world has become good tradition.
On November 30th, Lyudmyla Hrynevych, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Head of Ukrainian Center for Holodomor Studies run by Kyiv Mohyla Academy, and Vladyslav Hrynevych, Candidate of Historical and Doctor of Political Sciences, I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies run by NAS of Ukraine Research Associate, Professor of National University “Kyiv Mohyla Academy” visited the Museum in order to take part in working meeting “Tkuma” Institute and the Museum researchers dedicated to the discussion of new exhibitions.


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Methodical seminar for teachers of Kirovohrad region

On November 26th Methodical seminar “Peculiarities of teaching World War II and the Holocaust History in Conditions of Current War Against Ukraine” took place at Regional Institute of Postgraduate Pedagogical Education in Kirovohrad.
Jury Mytrofanenko, assistant professor of the department of theory and methods of secondary education, invited Dr. Igor Shchupak, Director of “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies and Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine”, and Iryna Piskariova, “Tkuma” Institute and the Museum Educational Programs Coordinator.
The subject suggested for the seminar is now very relevant and has the call in pedagogues’ circle. “Tkuma” Institute receives invitations from Regional Institutions of Postgraduate Education and methodical associations to give the lecture on how to give unbiased information on World War II and the Holocaust history, on Nazism and fascism under the context of Russian propaganda.


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The Revolution of Dignity and Russian-Ukrainian War will be Taught at Schools

On November 24th regular meeting of the working group on preparation of information and methodology materials about events in Ukraine in 2013 – 2014, and the Revolution of Dignity and Russian-Ukrainian war in particular informs the press-service of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. The discussion was joined by: Pavlo Polyansky, Deputy Minister of Education and Science; Volodymyr Holovko, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Institute of History of Ukraine NAS of Ukraine; Raisa Yevtushenko, Chief Specialist of General, Secondary and Preschool Education Department at MESU; Oleksandr Palyi, Candidate of Political Sciences, the Institute of External Policy within the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine's Foreign Ministry; Sergiy Terno, Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Zaporizhzhya National University; Oksana Cherevko, Associate Professor at the Drahomanov National Pedagogical University; Igor Shchupak, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Director of “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies and Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine”; Sergiy Janiszewski, Candidate of Historical Sciences, National Institute for Strategic Studies.

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Educational Seminar “Research”

On November 21st – 23rd educational seminar “Research”, organized by “Sokhnut” took place. Seminar provided for travelling by the steps of Jewish life in Dnipropetrovsk, Novomoskovsk and Kryvyi Rih.
Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” and “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies workers have joined the realization of the seminar program.
The tour included visiting museums and memorial places. “Research” of Dnipropetrovsk included a visit to Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” and a tour around Jewish places. Both tours were held by Valentyn Rybalka, Research Associate of the Museum and “Tkuma” Institute. In Novomoskovsk the organizers had planned the commemoration ceremony and the visit to local museum. Valentyn Rybalka and Kostyantyn Meshko, Novomoskovsk Museum Worker and active participant of “Tkuma” Institute programs, described the history of Jews in Novomoskovsk. The last place for the researchers to visit was Kryvyi Rih. Svitlana Piddubna, Head of Regional Educational Programs of “Tkuma” Institute, held the tour around Mykhailo Marmer Museum. Moreover, the seminar participants have visited places of Jewish executions in Kryvyi Rih.


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Museum Lesson for the Pupils of Petrykika School

Museum lessons for pupils held by “Tkuma” Institute and Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” become more and more popular. Teachers of Dnipropetrovsk and the region introduce such lessons to their pupils.
On November 23rd the Museum was attended by the pupils of 10th grade of Petrykivska secondary school together with their History teacher Lyudmyla Reshetnyak. Valentyn Rybalka, Research Associate of the Museum and “Tkuma” Institute, held the introductory Museum tour for the guests.
Iryna Piskaryova, Head of “Tkuma” Institute Educational Programs, has organized lessons of tolerance. In course of interactive lesson the pupils shared their impression on museum exposition and actualized their knowledge on the history of World War II, the Holocaust and other genocides; formed understanding of tolerance and tried to indicate their own level of tolerance.
Finally, the pupils were offered to depict their reflections from what they had seen and heard in picture. Young Petrykika school masters created artistic compositions in bright colors. Pupils explain: although the Museum depicts tragic pages of our history, it also gives hope for revival of the best traditions, makes one believe in better future.
 

 
The Holodomor Remembrance Day

On November 22nd Ukraine commemorates victims of the Holodomor. At this day a range of mourning events took place in Dnipropetrovsk. One of them was held by Armenian community of the city.
People of Armenia are keeping pain from the tragedy in their hearts and memory for about 100 years. The tragedy which later on was determined by the international legal act as “Genocide – a crime against humanity”. They share the pain of the Ukrainian people, because they’ve lost millions of compatriots. The aim of holding the event was, first of all, to honor the memory of people, who became victims of terrible and inhuman actions of bloody regime. The event is organized by Grigor Lusavorich, Armenian Church and “Varduhi” Armenian Cultural Center with the support of D. Yavornitsky Historical Museum, Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” and the Museum “Literary Prydniprovya”.


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The Future of Ukraine in Culture

Leading specialists in the sphere of culture in Dnipropetrovsk met at Cyril and Methodius Regional Universal Scientific Library to discuss All-Ukrainian project “Culture-2025. Platform for Changes”.
This project will cover the whole country and consider different positions and requirements in the sphere of culture and general public. It has begun with strategy sessions in Lviv and Vinnytsia. At present the project has already been discussed in Dnipropetrovsk. Zaporizhzhya, Kharkiv, Odesa and Kyiv are next.
The representatives of culture institutions of Dnipropetrovsk and region – workers of the museums, libraries, creative associations, conservatories, philharmonics, theatres, etc., took part at the discussion in Dnipropetrovsk. Dr. Oleksandra Leonova represented Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” and “Tkuma” Institute at the roundtable.


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Round-table session

On November 11th a round-table session “Multimedia and Other Methods of Teaching the Holocaust History and Issues of Tolerance” took place in Dnipropetrovsk. The session was organized by “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies and Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine”. 18 pedagogues and methodologists have taken part in the event. Erica Fishbein, Claims Conference (Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany) Program Officer has also joined the discussions. In her opening speech she thanked “Tkuma” workers for active educational campaign and called “Tkuma” Institute one of the leading world organizations working on the Holocaust studies.
Round-table was opened by Dr. Igor Shchupak. He stated that involving pupils into world knowledge bank is one of the most important tasks of contemporary education. Using computer system becomes integral part in the study of any subject, including history. “Tkuma” Institute responds to modern challenges, so “Tkuma” Research Associates together with TM “Rozumnyky” have developed multimedia textbook on World history for 11th grade (“World War II”, part 1).


 

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All-Ukrainian pedagogical seminar

On October 6th –7th All-Ukrainian pedagogical seminar organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine together with “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies took place in Kyiv. The event was dedicated to the discussion of the revised version of the history of Ukraine and World history curricula for general education institutions.
The event was opened by Yuri Kononenko, Director of the Department of Secondary and Preschool Education run by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine (MESU). He stressed the importance of the event and the role of history in patriotic education. The Director of the Department is quoted by MESU official web-site: “It is hard to estimate the role of history of Ukraine as an object for study in education at present time”.

Raisa Yevtushenko, Chief Specialist of General, Secondary and Preschool Education Department at MESU, noted: “We have received many propositions and comments concerning the curricula during panel discussion”. It should be said that lately for the Ministry’s activity it became peculiar to actively consult with general public, to cover the activity and decision making in mass media, to use informational and communicational technologies in discussion of challenging issues.

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“Round-table” Discussion for Scholars, Teachers and Public Figures

On September 29th “round-table” discussion session “Studying the history of World War II and the Holocaust in the Conditions of Current War against Ukraine” took place within the Final of the XI Creative Works Contest. Guests of the exhibition “Dictatorship and” Dr. Detlef Voltaire, Consul General of Germany in Donetsk; Refat Chubarov, the Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis; representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science, Ukrainian and foreign scholars, teachers and methodologists as well as mass media representatives took part in the discussion.
Nowadays the profession of the history teacher becomes more relevant than ever and the round-table discussion participants noted that the great responsibility is laid on the history teacher. Why do the events of the World War II have something in common with the current situation in Ukraine, how not to stir the old myths on the history of the World War II and not to create the new ones on the events at the East of Ukraine, what is needed to be changed in the school program and manuals – these and many other issues were discusses by the participants.
The main thing is that everyone could express his or her own opinion and to get answers to the questions from the competent representatives of the scientific and educational community.

 

 
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