On April 5-7, 2016 Dnipropetrovsk hosted All-Ukrainian Practical Seminar for Museum Specialists organized by Dnipropetrovsk Children and Youth Center for International Cooperation. The final stage of the seminar work was conducted on April 7 on the base of Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” within the framework of the project “Holocaust Studies in Ukraine for Formation of the Atmosphere of Tolerance”.

The participants visited the Museum and had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with new exhibits and multimedia technologies used in it.

During the seminar at the Holocaust Museum participants met soldiers – ATO veterans Viktor Bonyak and Yuriy Fomenko, who told about the difficulties that museum workers may face the while creating exhibitions dedicated to the ATO and Russian aggression against Ukraine.

After the guided tour participants had an opportunity to meet Dr. Igor Shchupak, “Tkuma” Institute and the Holocaust Museum Director. He particularly emphasized the role of historical memory for modern Ukraine: “…The war didn’t begin in the east of Ukraine, but it did in the minds of people. Soviet-Russian model of historical memory is not just false, it distorts the understanding of the modern world, imposes desire to “greatness” of the new version of totalitarianism and promoting war against Ukraine”. I. Shchupak announced museum and educational projects and programs organized jointly by “Tkuma” Institute and the Holocaust Museum and proposed some ways of cooperation of museum and educational institutions from different regions of Ukraine.

At the end of the seminar all participants got scholarly and methodological publications released by “Tkuma” Institute.

Working day of the seminar in our Museum turned out to be successful due to our partners – Nelya Honchar, Head of Dnipropetrovsk Children and Youth Center for International Cooperation, Larysa Hrychanivska, The Center employee, Anastasiya Haydukevych, Ukrainian Institute of National Memory Researcher, museologists – seminar participants, as well as Iryna Piskariova, Iegor Vradiy and other “Tkuma” Institute and the Holocaust Museum staff.