History of the Holocaust ("Catastrophe", "Shoah"), which became one of the greatest tragedies in human history, is part of the history of Europe and Ukraine. "The Shoah fundamentally challenged the foundations of civilization. The unprecedented character of the Holocaust will always hold universal meaning" - states the Stockholm Declaration of 2000. During the Stockholm Forum it was decided to recommend the Holocaust Studies to the countries of the Council of Europe and Ukraine became the first country in the former Soviet Union that integrated the Holocaust history course to school history education. Since 2011 Ukraine  marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the state level.

Holocaust history learning makes it possible not only to remember the tragedy of war and the suffering of the peoples of Europe, but heroism in resistance, examples of mutual aid between peoples, spiritual heroism for rescuing human lives. The Holocaust history should be learned in the context of world history and the history of Ukraine, so the topics for this Contest include the history of the Ukrainians and Russians, the tragedy of the Holodomor, the Nazi genocide against Roma, etc.

Ukraine suffered the greatest losses during World War II. That is why we appeal to citizens, public organizations and state bodies of Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and other countries to join 12 International Creative Works Contest for Pupils, Students and Teachers "Lessons of War and Holocaust - Lessons of Tolerance". This competition on the base of understanding the lessons of history should promote ideas of humanism and tolerance, rejection of chauvinistic and xenophobic ideologies, violence and totalitarian ideology.


The Final of the XVIII International Creative Works Contest for teachers, school and university students, postgraduates “Lessons of War and Holocaust – Lessons of Tolerance”, organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, “Tkuma” Institute, Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine”. The event was dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the Babyn Yar tragedy. Approximately 200 creative works were submitted to the Contest this year, only 50 were defended, names of the winners are:

The final of XVII Creative Works Contest for teachers, school and university students “Lessons of War and Holocaust – Lessons of Tolerance” which took place in Dnipro from September 29 till October 1 is over! 50 finalists from all over Ukraine presented their works online and offline. Pedagogical seminar for teachers, interactive classes for students, presentation of the documentary “Kalinindorf”, guided tours in the Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” and “Bet Hana” International Humanitarian and Pedagogical Institute tours – everything was held according to the quarantine sanitary requirements. All participants, jury members and organizers were supposed to have extremely fruitful and interesting work for the whole 3 days of the Contest.

Creative works were rated by competitive jury. Rayisa Yevtushenko, head of the Department of Education, Language Policy and Education of the National Minority of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, Dr. Yehor Vradii, Nataliia Ostrovska, associate professor of the Department of Journalism at ZNTU, Iryna Piskarova, head of “Tkuma” Institute educational department and Dr. Igor Shchupak.

We truly thank everyone who was with us, and, of course, congratulations to the winners!

Congratulations to the winners of XVI Contest of Creative Works “Lessons of the War and the Holocaust – Lessons of Tolerance”

During September 26-28, the final stage of XVІ International contest of creative works for school, university students, postgraduates and teachers “Lessons of the War and the Holocaust – Lessons of Tolerance”, organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies was held in Dnipro. Among 250 creative works, which were sent to the Contest this year, only 50 became the finalists. The winners are:

Students, postgraduates:

Diploma of I Degree:

Yana Kostryhyna, Tetiana Shmalko (Dnipro)

“View into the Abyss” (painting)

“The History of the Unconquered” (painting)

(creative work)

Dnipro State College of Construction and Installation Technologies and Architecture

Diploma of II Degree:

Tamara Mandych (Kherson)

The Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Kherson: genocide verbalization in the memories of witnesses

(research work)

Kherson state university

Anastasia Datsyuk (Ostroh, Rivne region)

The study of Ostarbeiters everyday life from the Rivne region through the lens of their personal correspondence (1941–1944)

(research work)

Rivne Economic and Law Lyceum (currently, the student of Ostroh Academy)

Diploma of III Degree:

Kateryna Zourab, Stanislav Suprun (Poltava)

Virtual guided tour and interactive map “The Jewish History of Poltava”

Poltava Polytechnic College

Kateryna Akopyan (Nizhyn, Chernihiv region)

“Remember, do not forget, remind”

(creative work)

Nizhyn Gogol State University


Diploma of I Degree:

Yevhen Mazur, Maryna Mazur (Transcarpathian region)

  1. “The Millennium Hunger”.
  2. “The Hungry Conscience”, a theatrical performance for older students

(pedagogical skills)

Head of the “Melpomena” theater studio of the District Center for Extra-curricular Education of the Pre-Pre-school secondary school, teacher

History teacher of Mizhhirskya specialized secondary school I-III degrees

Diploma of II Degree:

Liudmyla Humeniuk (Lityn, Vinnytsia region)

Methodological textbook “The Holocaust topic during the teacher’s extra-curricular work”

(pedagogical skills)

Lityn secondary school № 1, deputy director on educational work

Iryna Fridman (Kyiv)

“Consistency of Babyn Yar memory: yesterday, today, tomorrow”

(Pedagogical skills)

Teacher of the history and traditions of the Jewish people secondary school № 41, Kyiv

Diploma of III Degree:

Valerii Nehmatov (Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk region)

Literary and musical composition ‘Kadish: Street to the sky …”

(pedagogical skills)

Teacher of Sievierodonetsk secondary school № 20

Andrii Mahaletskyi, Kateryna Mahaletska (Zhytomyr)

“The history of ХХ с. Genocide”

(pedagogical skills)

History teacher of secondary school №21

History teacher of Zhytomyr city high school №3

School children

Diploma of I Degree:

Polina Torubarova (Kupiansk, Kharkiv region)

The latest history. Political Association

An intellectual game “Mind control”

(creative work)

Kupiansk secondary school № 6, 11 form

Diploma of II Degree:

Yuliia Nykolenko (Zaporizhzhia)

The Holocaust through the teen’s eyes

(creative work)

Zaporizhzhia multidisciplinary lyceum № 99, 10 form

Anastasia Lysak (Dnipro)

By the Babyn Yar roads. Places of execution of Dnepropetrovsk civilians. Interactive map.

(research work)

Secondary school № 62, 10 form

Diploma of III Degree:

Oleksii Naumenko (Lysychansk, Luhansk region)

Defenders of the Motherland – participants of the anti-terrorist operation in Luhansk and Donetsk regions, volunteers, Maidan activists

(research work)

“Lysychansk specialized school of І-ІІІ grades №8”, 9 form

Anastasia Pavkovych (Rivne)

Calendar 2020 “Diplomats – Righteous among the Nations”

(creative work)

Rivne classical gymnasium “Prestige”, 11 form

Special awards:

Diploma for the original embodiment of creative ideas

Valentyna Obodovska high school № 7 history teacher, Odesa and student of Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University

Katwryna Bednaryk (joint work)

Reflection sketches on the same topic “Three days about the Holocaust and another poetry’

Diploma for introducing new historical sources to the scientific circulation

Каріна Болдін (Vinnytsia region)

International assistance in times of tragic trials of World War II

Samohorodska secondary school, 11 form

Nelly Nemyriyk (Opishnya, Poltava region)

We should remember it ...

Teahcer of State specialized boarding school of art of І-ІІІ grades “College of Arts in Opishnya” named after Vasyl Krychevsky

Diploma for a new format of creative work

School students Oleksandr Lytvynov, Vladyslava Pavlivska (Kharkiv)

RAP as an instrument for debate

Instagram as a space of tolerance

Students of Kharkiv of specialized school of І-ІІІ grades № 80

Diploma for the best creative work

Svitlana Predko, Cyrylo Boiko (Dnipro)

The composition “The Light of hope”

Syudents of National technical university, the Dnipro Polytechnic National Technical University

We would like sincerely congratulate the winners! Please note that all contestants who have submitted their works this year will soon receive participants' diplomas.

On September 26 the Final stage of XVІ International Contest of creative works “Lessons of the War and the Holocaust – Lessons of Tolerance”, organized by Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and «Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies has started in Dnipro. This year more than 250 creative works were sent to the Contest, they were not only from all over Ukraine, but also from neighboring countries – but only the best works reached the Final stage.

September 27-29, 2018, Dnipro welcomed Final of the XV International Contest “Lessons of War and Holocaust - Lessons of Tolerance” organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies.