"Tkuma" Institute implements public cultural and educational projects, including "The Sunday Club", "Dniprovsky Historical Club" and other activities.
On January 24, 2016 “Tkuma” Institute welcomed the regular session of Dniprovsky Historical Club dedicated to participation of Jews in underground movement during World War II and the Holocaust. Dr. Mykola Slobodyanyuk shared interesting information not only about the underground and motivation of its participants, but also on international relations before the war and the attitude to the “Jewish question”.
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.
On November 15 the regular session of Dniprovsky Historical Club was held. The topic of the session – "The Great Terror in the USSR and Liquidation of Agro-Joint (1937-1938)".
Dniprovsky Historical Club is one of "Tkuma" Institute projects conducted on the base of Museum "Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine" in cooperation with Alexander Paul Institute (formerly - Institute of Social Studies). The club was created as a platform for informal communication of professional historians and those interested in history. The most famous Ukrainian and foreign researchers are invited to each session.
This time Mikhail Mitsel (New York, USA), Senior Archivist of Joint Archive, renowned historian, author of monographs on the history Joint and Agro-Joint, repression in the USSR, fate of Ukrainian Jews in the Soviet period.
On August 16 regular session of Dniprovsky Historical Club, created by "Tkuma" Institute, Museum "Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine" and Institute of Social Studies, was conducted. The Club organized meetings of city residents with famous Ukrainian and foreign historians and public figures. The regular session of the Club "The History of Our City: War and Rock'n'roll…" was devoted to the past of Dnipropetrovsk and its residents.
The special event at the International Scholarly and Practical Seminar “Historical Memory About World War II, the Holocaust and Other Genocidal Phenomena” became the lecture by Timothy Snyder, Professor of Yale University (USA) and presentation of the Russian-language edition of his book “Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin”.
The event was held at the initiative of the US Embassy in Ukraine, and publishing house “Duliby” (Kyiv) only in three cities of Ukraine – Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv. It is significant that “Tkuma” Institute was chosen as organizer of this event in Dnipropetrovsk.
Professor Timothy Snyder’s book is devoted to such tragic events in the history of Eastern Europe as the Holodomor, Stalin’s mass repressions, the Holocaust, shooting of civilians during pro-partisan actions by Germans, postwar ethnic cleansing. According to the author, the line “Sheloves,loves blood. ThisRussian Earth” from a poem by Anna Akhmatova, written in 1921 after the arrest of her husband Mykola Gumilev inspired him for such title of the book.
Characterizing his book, Professor Snyder said that he uses a new methodology that is not based on the chronology of events of states and peoples, but primarily on the experiences of people: Jews, Ukrainians, Poles: “In my book I did not base either on the specific powers (Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union and Poland), or on the specific nations – Jews, Ukrainians, Poles, Russians or Belarusians. Those events are not national history; they are the history of territories in which 14 million people were killed in a very short period of time. I unite the history, which was disconnected, and thus show the common”.
The lecture and presentation was attended by scholars, university professors and teachers of secondary schools, students, journalists and civic activists who actively participated in the discussion. At the end of the event everyone who came to the meeting with historian got the copy of the book.