After World War II, Kyiv’s large Jewish minority was quite publically marginalized by the Ukrainian leadership’s silence on Moscow’s cue. The result was a newly...

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George G. Grabowicz’s advancement to the 2nd round of the competition for the Taras Shevchenko Award provoked a series of attacks on the scholar’s persona and...

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On Shoddy Laws and Insensitive Critics

Volodymyr Kulyk ・ May 2015

Сondemning the Communist regime is no more divisive than condemning Nazism, which German authorities after World War II only undertook under pressure from their...

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Among historians, two clear camps have formed, and they (to paraphrase Mikhail Zoshchenko) have “expressed their ideology to the fullest.” At times this...

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The Case of Decommunization

Mykhailo Haukhman ・ May 2015

What is the difference between “decommunization” and “de-Sovietization,” and why do we speak of “decommunization” today specifically, and not “de-Sovietization...

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The difficulty with Ukraine’s past is that it is intensely contested and controversial. On many issues there can be no definitive conclusions among scholars as...

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Ukraine needs to shed its Soviet past and translate the victory of Maidan into real reform and European integration. This must be achieved through dialogue and...

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Krytyka invites scholars and experts to add their voice to the discussion of the so-called “anti-communist” laws (also known as “decommunization laws”) that were...

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Disillusion from Wit

Mykhailo Minakov ・ June 2014

Wherever modernization has taken root, the rationalization of human society is at its core. In economics this has led to industrialization and the development of...

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Kurt Lewin. A Journey Through Illusions

Anastasiya Prymovych ・ March 2014
Lviv: Svichado, 2007.
Translated from English by Yaroslav Karp'yuk and Lesia Lysenko
Journey Through Illusion, published in the US in 1994 by Kurt Lewin—son of Lviv rabbi Ezekiel Lewin, witness to the Holocaust, colonel of the General Staff of the Israel Defence Forces and successful Wall Street financier—summarizes the author’s life journey, extending from intimate personal memory to collective memory and, therefore, to history. Of particular importance in Lewin's account are the sections on Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky and how the author writes of international relations and reflections of the memory of the Holocaust in the post-war Israeli, European and American worlds.
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