Ukrainian Jewish Heritage: A chat with Diane Covert, an American Jewish photographer who documents pogroms, genocide and terrorism

-An interview with Pawlina Diane Covert is a Boston-based photographer who uses her talent & love of the craft to bring attention to genocide and terrorism. Diane’s work was brought to my attention by Allison Zivin at the Felshtin Society in New York. (Interview with the president of the Felshtin Society, Alan Bernstein, is here.) […]

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Ukrainian Jewish Heritage: Commemorating the 1919 pogroms—A chat with the president of the Felshtin Society

  -An interview with Pawlina Ukrainian Jewish Heritage is a series that has been ongoing here at Nash Holos for several years now, sponsored by the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter of Toronto. The series … for me and also, I hope, for Nash Holos listeners … has opened a window into the fascinating, centuries-old yet little […]

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Ukrainian Jewish Heritage: Compelling book describes heartbreaking difficulties of mass migration of Eastern European Jews

–Written and narrated by Peter Bejger. Who closes the door? And who can open it? Who escapes? And who doesn’t? A compelling book entitled The Great Departure: Mass Migration From Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World by Tara Zahra answers some of these questions. Tara Zahra is a professor of modern European […]

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Ukrainian Jewish Heritage: Historian discusses how museums can tackle difficult issues of history

–Written and narrated by Peter Bejger. History, trauma, and the museum space. Museums can offer many faces to the world. From dusty collections of artefacts to dramatic arenas outlining—or avoiding—compelling national or cultural narratives. A recent lecture sponsored by the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe in Lviv looked at the role museums […]

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Ukrainian Jewish Heritage: Odessa Review reflects on Ukrainian-Jewish relations past and present

    –Written and narrated by Peter Bejger. Perhaps some listeners fall into the same serendipitous mood I do when reading a book, or any collection of texts. Perhaps you start from the end. Or the middle. After all, every story has a beginning, middle, and end. But it doesn’t have to be told in […]

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Ukrainian Jewish Heritage: Poetry festival celebrates the historical memory and literary legacy of Chernivtsi, Ukraine

    Poetry in a time of war. Such is the headline by the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, or FAZ, in its recent reporting on the dynamic annual poetry festival Meridian Czernowitz, held earlier in September in the western Ukrainian city of Chernivtsi. Why war? Because the newspaper picked up the subtle influences of […]

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Ukrainian Jewish Heritage: Exploring the legacy of the Holocaust in Ukraine

– Written and narrated by Peter Bejger. Guilt, justice, and family ties. These dramatic themes are recalled today due to the recent publication of the Ukrainian-language edition of East-West Street by Phillip Sands, a book presented by the author at this year’s Lviv Book Forum. The Ukrainian publication of the critically acclaimed book by Sands […]

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Ukrainian Jewish Heritage: Marla Raucher Osborn on her Rohatyn restoration project. Part 2

In the last episode of Ukrainian Jewish Heritage, we spoke with Marla Raucher Osborn, who discovered her Jewish roots a few years ago in the western Ukrainian city of Rohatyn. Shortly thereafter, she and her husband left their home in California and relocated to Lviv, in western Ukraine, where they now run an NGO called […]

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Ukrainian Jewish Heritage: Marla Raucher Osborn talks about her Rohatyn restoration project. Part 1

    A few years ago, Marla Raucher Osborn discovered her Jewish roots in the western Ukrainian city of Rohatyn. She and her husband have since left their home in California and relocated to Lviv, in western Ukraine, where they run an NGO called Rohatyn Jewish Heritage. This NGO, or non-government organization, is dedicated to […]

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Victor’s Vignettes: The Music Of My Childhood — 1966-1975

Victor’s Vignettes … Stories about Life in soviet and post-soviet Ukraine. -by Victor Sergeyev Mikolayev, Ukraine The Music Of My Childhood — 1966-1975 When it came to music listening in soviet Ukraine, we always had choices. We could tune in on radio receivers to hear soundtracks of the two available TV channels, the state-controlled Moscow […]

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