History

History

Making Modernism: On Odessa’s Most Pristine Parisian, Vladimir Baranov-Rossine 

The remarkable Odessa educated, French-Russian-Jewish artist Vladimir Baranov-Rossine was killed in the holocaust, but his work lives on. In recent decades he has become...

Two Views On Ukrainian-Jewish Relations: Franko And Jabotinsky

Both men hailed from the territory of modern Ukraine. Both were influential journalists, writers, and thinkers during their lifetimes. Both remained inspiring figures for...

Brief Tales of Odessa’s Musical History

The Bee Gees, The Mystery Of Liszt’s Grand Piano, Tchaikovsky and Odessa’s Wunderkinder Many talented pianists and violinists have come out of Odessa. The city...

Ernst Neizvestny’s Legacy In Odessa

The great Russian-American sculptor Ernst Neizvestny’s passing in New York City at the age of 91 truly brings an epoch to a closing. The...

Visiting the Belgorod-Dnestrovsk Fortress – A Landmark Of Ancient Architecture

The expansion of Ancient Greek culture on the coast of the Black Sea, Roman excursions into Asia, the invasions by Scythians and Sarmatians, the...

Meir Dizengoff: The Odessan Who Built Tel Aviv

The legendary first mayor of Tel Aviv got his start in business in Odessa and France before becoming a major figure in the Zionist...

Making Modernism: Tracking The Burliuk Family In Odessa

The Burliuk brothers are known as exemplars of high modernism, but the story of the rest of the talented family is less known. This...

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...

KVN and Odessa: Between Humor and Politics

KVN (Club of the Cheerful and Resourceful) is both a game and a TV show, created for Soviet TV in the middle of the...

The Different Ways That Christmas Is Celebrated Around Europe

  Christmas is considered to be the main holiday of the year in most Christian societies but it is celebrated in vastly different ways across...