Ukrainians and Jews have lived on the same land throughout centuries and have a long history of cooperation and animosity, cliches and prejudices of each other ingrained in public discourse and collective memories. Both communities endured hardships and were subjected to terror and persecution by Soviet and Nazi totalitarian systems. The history of collective trauma runs in each community back far and deep and divisions are not always ready to heal.

Ukraine which emerged after several upheavals in its recent history - its Maidan Revolution in Kyiv, subsequent annexation and Crimea and the war in the east -triggered an intense process of identity search. Two visions of identity project are coming to a clash: a project of exclusive Ukrainian identity where the nation is seen sorely as victim of external aggression, throughout history as well as nowadays, vs an inclusive project, with a wider scope for experiences of other nations living on Ukrainian soil.

Post-Maidan years shaped a new public discourse on the issue of Ukraine’s incorporating Holocaust and Jewish history overall into its national narrative, a new trend to uncover Jewish cultural presence in cities, once predominantly Jewish, is being seized upon by Ukrainian ilntellectuals. In many cases, erased family and community histories, lost cityscapes are brought back to life thanks to many grassroots initiatives, driven by mixed groups of volunteers, including Ukrainians, Jews from Ukraine and diaspora. 

This series is to demonstrate a complexity and vibrancy of this debate within Ukraine, an engagement across y academia, civil society, public intellectuals and artistic millieu to find consensus on if and how Jewish experience could be integrated into a historic narrative of a new Ukraine. We are also aiming to reflect opinions from the Jewish diaspora in the UK, as well as academic research from the US. 

The events of the series include: 

Sheptytsky and Holocaust

DATE: Thursday, 4 October 2018

TIME: 7pm

VENUE: Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family in Exile, 22 Binney St, Mayfair, London W1K 5BQ


Holocaust and lost cultural and urban spaces in modern Ukraine. A panel discussion

DATE: Tuesday, 18 December 2018

TIME: 7:30pm

VENUE: Jewish Community Centre London (JW3), 341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET



"Jews and Ukrainians: A Millennium of Co-Existence": Book launch and talk by Paul Robert Magocsi, University of Toronto

Date: Thursday, 3 May 2018

Time: 7pm

Venue: University College London, Institute of Advanced Studies Common Ground (room G11, ground floor, South Wing), Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

more details here

Ukrainian-Jewish relations in the new Ukraine, a presentation of a special issue of "Odessa Review". Talk by Vladislav  Davidzon.

DATE: Thursday, 7 June 2018

TIME: 7pm

VENUE: Ukrainian Institute, 79 Holland Park, London W113SW

more details here 

More events will be announced soon! 

This series in organised in partnership with: