On January 15, 2016 Ukrainian Catholic University hosted the session of German Ukrainian Commission of Historians.

The Commission work was joined by Martin Schulze Wessel (Co-Chair of the Commission), Guido Hausmann (both represented Ludwig Maximilians University Munich), Tanja Penter (Heidelberg University), Prof. Jutta Scherrer (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences), Prof. Yaroslav Hrytsak (Co-Chair of the Commission, Ukrainian Catholic University), Prof. Yuri Shapoval (NAS of Ukraine), Prof. Oleksandr Lysenko (Institute of History of Ukraine , NAS of Ukraine), Prof. Helinada Hrinchenko (Chief Editor of “Ukraine Moderna”), Prof. Polina Barvinska (I. Mechnikov Odesa National University), Prof. Frank Sysyn (University of Alberta, Canada), Dr. Igor Shchupak (“Tkuma” Institute, the Holocaust Museum). Mark vonHagen (Arizona State University) participated in the Commission work as invited guest.


During the session historians discussed the work plan of the Commission for the period 2016 - 2018, defined the main directions of its activities including its main vector of assisting young researchers of History of Ukrainian-German relations and Holocaust. Historians negotiated regarding the organization of annual summer school, which will take place in Germany and Ukraine alternatively. They also discussed the possibility of exchanging students and young scholars between universities and scholarly institutions of the two countries.

Dr. І. Shchupak announced complex of large-scale events of UJE and “Tkuma” Institute, which will take place during commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Babyn Yar tragedy in Kyiv this year. German colleagues expressed interest in the possibility of German students’ participation in a number of youth cultural, educational and artistic events that would take place in Ukrainian capital in September 2016.

Also, members of the German-Ukrainian Commission discussed the structure of the official electronic pages that would become an information platform for Commission and, at the same time, will allow the exchange of useful information, editions and archival sources for a wide range of historians and History teachers.