On April 14–15, 2016 the regular Zaporizhzhya Jewish Readings were conducted. The event was traditionally organized by “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies, Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine and Zaporizhzhya National University (ZNU).
The conference started with the plenary session where several welcoming speeches were made by Dr. Igor Shchupak, “Tkuma” Institute and the Holocaust Museum Director; Prof. Fedir Turchenko, Head of Department of Modern History of Ukraine of ZNU; Prof. Volodymyr Orlyansky, Prorector on Research of ZNU; Prof. Hennadiy Vasylchuk and Prof. Volodymyr Milchev, Dean of the Faculty of History.
After the welcoming speeches the reports were made by Prof. Volodymyr Milchev, Prof. Victoriya Venherska, Prof. Oleksandr Davlyetov and Dr Igor Shchupak.
The conference work war continued on the format of sections – “History and Historical Memory”, “Philosophy and Philology”, “Pedagogy”.
The historical session was focused on various subjects related to the history of Jews in Ukraine and in world in 18–21 centuries. Among the reporters in this section there were: Prof. Volodymyr Orlyansky, Prof. Serhiy Terno, Dr Natalya Rudnytska, Dr Vladyslav Hrybovsky, Serhiy Bilivenko, Dr Yuliya Holovko, Dr Viktoriya Lykova, Serhiy Zvilinsky, Dr Inna Shugaliova, Prof. Oleksandr Ihnatusha, Dr Hryhoriy Kondratyuk, Dr Viktor Filas, Lyudmyla Tashlay, Dr Natalya Suhatska, Dr Oksana Kazakova, Prof. Dmytro Tytarenko, Dr Roman Moldavsky, Prof. Polina Barvinska, Iryna Meleshkina, Natalya Diordiyeva, Semen Belman.
“Philosophy and Philology” section traditionally covered wide range of issues associated primarily with images of Jews in art works and works of Jewish writers. The reports in this section were presented by Yevheniya Bakk, Dr Natalya Horbach, Dr Natalya Kozlenko, Dr Lyubov Kostetska, Dr Yuliya Laskava, Dr Semen Lytvak, Dr Oleksandr Muravin, Lyudmyla Nekrasovska, Dr Valentyna Nikolayenko.
The pedagogical session was entitled “Studying and Teaching World War II and the Holocaust History: Methodology, Visual and Technical Instruments”. During the session Dr Igor Shchupak and Iryna Piskariova, “Tkuma” Institute Educational Programs Coordinator, discussed with teachers modern approaches to teaching the mentioned topic. All the participants also got special educational sets of methodological manuals.
The second day of the conference was dedicated to the reports of young historians – students and post-graduated from Dnipropetrovsk, Zhytomyr, Zaporizhzhya and Kharkiv: Kateryna Fisun, Artur Sysa, Andriy Mahaletsky, Kateryna Tsymbalyuk, Roman Pruhlo, Dmytro Polonsky, Marianna Shpak, Olena Diomina. Speakers had to defend their thesis by answering questions very actively posed by other participants.
During the final plenary session participants summed up the conference work. We are pleased to note the growth of scholarly level of the Readings and active participation of graduate students.