Holocaust and lost cultural and urban spaces in modern Ukraine. A panel discussion. 18 December 2018, 7:30pm.

DATE: Tuesday, 18 December 2018

TIME: 7:30pm

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

Ukraine is home to thousands of cities and villages - borderland communities - contested by empires and  occupying a central place in their colonisation projects. Subjected to multiple occupations throughout the WW2, many of them have experienced a near complete change of their populations. One of such cities is Lviv, a capital of Galicia,  in Western Ukraine, once predominantly Polish and Jewish, it is now overwhelmingly a Ukrainian city and an important centre for nurturing Ukrainian identity.

Cities like Lviv are now coming to grapple with its complex, fascinating and tragic history: they are trying to fill out the gaping void of lost cultural landscapes, to come to terms with trauma of the communities which once lived in Ukrainian cities and were lost, to question the origin of violence and to raise the febrile issues of responsibility and remembrance. 

This event is held in partnership with Jewish Community Centre JW3 and funded by Ukrainian Jewish Encounter

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Dr Iryna Starovoyt, Associate Professor at Ukrainian Catholic University, literary critic and poet, Lviv, Ukraine 

Marla Raucher Osborn, CEO at Roharyn Jewish Heritage, Ukraine 

Mark Freiman, Director of Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, Toronto, Canada

Moderated by Marina Pesenti, Director of Ukrainian Institute London. 

Speakers' biographies: 

Dr Iryna Starovoyt is an Associate Professor of Cultural Studies Department at the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) in Lviv (Ukraine) and co-editor of "Ukraina moderna" - uamoderna.com. She has been a guest lecturer at the Higher East European School in Przemysl, Poland (2008-10) and Greifswald University, Germany (2010), and a research associate at Groningen University, the Netherlands (2012-2013) and Uppsala University (2017). Member of the National Union of Writers of Ukraine since 1997, and the Association of Ukrainian Writers since 1999, she authored three volumes of poetry and a number of essays. Her research and publications have focused on  the disputed memories and cultural counter-narratives of the 20th century Ukraine told across the shifting borders in Polish, Ukrainian, Russian, and English also covering parts of the Jewish story.



Mark J. Freiman practises law at the firm of Lerners LLP in Toronto. He has appeared in high profile cases at all levels of the Canadian legal system, including as lead counsel for the Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182 and the Canadian Human Rights Commission in the proceedings against Ernst Zündel and his internet hate site. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Freiman was Deputy Attorney General for Ontario. He was President of the Canadian Jewish Congress and President of the Canadian Peres Centre for Peace Foundation.Mr. Freiman’s family is originally from Galicia. He is a principal figure in the “Return to Dignity” project in his father’s birthplace of Sambir, Ukraine. The aim of the project is rehabilitation of the ancient Jewish cemetery in Sambir and of the mass graves of Jewish victims of the “Holocaust by Bullets” in the cemetery and in the nearby forest at Ralivka.



Marla Raucher Osborn is a former California attorney, now Chief Executive Officer of Rohatyn Jewish Heritage, a registered Ukrainian non-profit NGO based in Lviv: www.rohatynjewishheritage.org  Marla has served on the Board of Gesher Galicia and is today an advisor to the Board on matters of Jewish heritage in historic Galicia. She also serves on the Board of Remembrance & Reconciliation, a U.S. non-profit that cares for the Przemyśl new Jewish cemetery. From 2015-2016 Marla worked at the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland (FODZ), a Polish NGO based in Warsaw that cares for Jewish cemeteries and synagogues in Poland where today there are no surviving Jewish communities. Marla has written for many genealogy and heritage publications, and has lectured at schools, meetings, and conferences in the US, Israel, and Europe including Rohatyn. She made her first visit to Rohatyn in 2008 and today lives in Lviv with her husband. Marla’s beloved paternal grandmother was born in Rohatyn to a Jewish family which had lived there for generations. 


This event is part of the project "Jews and Ukrainians: Re-Assessing the Past and Looking into the Future," held in partnership with Jewish Community Centre JW3:




and funded by Ukrainian Jewish Encounter: