The idea of holding a series of lectures in the form of free visits is not a novelty for "Tkuma" Institute. In particular, Dr. Igor Shchupak, "Tkuma" Institute and the Holocaust Museum Director, conducted similar sessions in various cities and countries. Since the opening of the Holocaust Museum "Tkuma" Institute found decent platform for the Sunday Club in our hometown.
The Sunday Club is monthly classes on interesting and important issues of the Jewish past in the context of Ukrainian and World History.
The main objective of the project is the formation of tolerant consciousness and increasing social and cultural competence.
The meetings are held in the form of interactive lectures, discussions, "round tables", interviews, tours, workshops, etc., allowing us to understand the origins of xenophobia, Holocaust preconditions and understand the causes of religious strife. The sessions are held by "Tkuma" Institute research associates as well as historians, philosophers, political scientists, religious scholars from Ukraine and other countries. Among the guests who participated in the sessions as co-presenters there were Telman Mamedov, one of the leaders of the Azerbaijani Community of Dnipropetrovsk, Dr Oleh Repan, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Assistant Professor of Department of History of Ukraine of Oles Honchar Dnipropetrovsk National University and others.
The Sunday club is attended by diverse audience of different professions, faiths and ages. On average, 50 participants come to the Sunday Club.
On October 16, 2016 “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies organized regular session of the Sunday Club “Synagogues in Ukraine – Centers of Spiritual and Cultural Life”, conducted by director of Jewish Ethnographic Photo Museum Yevhen Shnaider (Zhmerynka).
On September 18, 2016 “Tkuma” Institute and the Holocaust Museum organized and conducted the Sunday Club session dedicated to forming and preserving the memory Babyn Yar tragedy. The session was conducted by Anna Medvedovska, “Tkuma” Institute Research Associate.
On March 20, 2016 “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies hosted session of the Sunday Club with Boris Maftsir (Israel) –author of documentaries about the Holocaust in the USSR project, producer of about 400 documentaries and television programs.
On December 20, 2015 “Tkuma” Institute hosted session of the Sunday Club. Igor Shakhraychuk, Candidate of Historical Sciences, associate professor of Department of History of Ukraine, told about Nazi occupation regime and the Holocaust in Ukraine, focusing on the history of Dnipropetrovsk. Among the issues raised:
- the policy of the occupation authorities in the occupied territories;
- cooperation of local population with the Nazis;
- resistance movement and participation of Jews in partisan groups, etc.
Subject caused a lively discussion among the audience.