On August 28, 2016 the regular session of Dniprovsky Historical Club was conducted. The session was conducted by Dr. I.Shchupak, “Tkuma” Institute and the Holocaust Museum Director, and Dr. Iegor Vradiy, “Tkuma” Institute and the Holocaust Museum Head of Research Department, and was dedicated to such important issues as de-communization in Ukraine and the historical memory of World War II and the Holocaust.
Moderators of the event stressed that after 1945 Germany began a policy of denazification. In particular it touched the education system: everything that could promote the superiority of the German nation or some elements of Nazism, desire to capture new territories and to dominate was excluded. And, finally, when the Germans realized the full horror of what happened during the Second World War, they decided to repent. Willy Brandt did it on behalf of Germany; he knelt down in Warsaw on the site where the Jews were driven to death camps and officially apologized to the Jewish people and those peoples who suffered from Nazi aggression. It became a very important part of German historical memory and national consciousness.
Participants of Historical Club were particularly interested in issues related to the problem of denazification of Germany and Ukrainian decommunisation, historical myths and historical memory. Why do we need de-communization and is it necessary at all? Is there a place for the name of Stepan Bandera on our city map? These and other topics were discussed during the meeting of Historical club.