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Remembering Babyn Yar: A 1966 Speech And 50 Years Later

The official 75th anniversary commemorations of the Nazi massacres that took place at the Babyn Yar ravine in Kyiv will take place in the...

Deborah: From the Book of Uman Recollections by Mykola Bazhan

This poem appears in English for the first time, translated by Myroslav Shkandrij from the Ukrainian original. Mykola Bazhan, “Debora: Z knyhy umanskykh spohadiv,” Vitchyzna...

In Memory Of Orest Subtelny – Founding Father Of Modern Ukrainian History

The Canadian academic introduced millions of post-Soviet Ukrainians to formerly supressed aspects of the Ukrainian national story and helped lay the foundations for a...

German writers on Odessa

Odessa was very far away, even for most of the Germans living in Russia. Traveling there was difficult, and many Europeans could never imagine...

Isaak Dunayevsky: The Red Mozart Of Soviet Cinema

Summer in Odessa! The white acacia blossoms, the beach season arrives, and live music can be heard on the streets and at the seaside...

Remembering The Bloodiest Days of Ukraine’s Revolution

Four years ago today, Ukrainian special forces fired on protesters gathered on Kyiv’s Maidan nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), wounding, maiming, and killing demonstrators against President...

How The Soviet Union Suppressed The Holocaust To Fight “Nationalism”

The Soviet authorities didn’t want their own historical narrative to face competition. That meant obliterating memory, rebuilding historical narratives, and suppressing literature. This article was...

Ukrainian And Jewish Political Prisoners In The Gulag: Toward Solidarity, Mutual Understanding And Cooperation

  The penal institutions in which the Soviet Union imprisoned dissenters had as their purported aim not simply the act of isolating and punishing political...

The Decommunizing Of Taras Shevchenko

The remarkable poet and artist who is considered to be the father of the modern Ukrainian nation means different things to different people. It...

75th Anniversary Of Babyn Yar Commemorations Held In Ukraine

The anniversary attracted elites from across Europe and around the world, with Ukraine's politicians recognizing the need to properly mark the massacre to break...