Ukrainian Jewish Heritage: Passover in Ukraine

The festival of Passover commemorates the Exodus of Jews from Egypt over three thousand years ago. The timeless and universal message of this holiday is that slaves can go free, and that the future can be better than the present. Passover, or Pessach as it is called in Yiddish, begins in the middle of the […]

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Ukrainian Jewish Heritage: Zolochiv

Zolochiv, a  town located 60 kilometers east of Lviv, was at one time a thriving Polish-Jewish-Ukrainian town. Then, in just three years, its Jewish population perished in the Holocaust. The Jewish presence in Zolochiv dates back to 1565. For centuries, Zolochiv was home to numerous artisans, tradesmen and notable rabbis.They lived throughout the city and […]

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Ukrainian Jewish Heritage – Purim

Purim is a holiday Jews observe in memory of an ancient victory recounted in the Book of Esther. This story had eerie parallels in Europe during the bloody 20th century. About twenty five hundred years ago, the Holy Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar. The Jewish people were banished from Israel […]

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Shevchenko’s Zapovit – Redux

Digging around in the audio archives I came across this still-timely piece I recorded back in March of 1996 … during the first incarnation of Nash Holos. My co-hosts then were Bohdan Zajcew and Eugene Lupynis, who put up with me from June 1990- June 96. After we disbanded the show took a 4-year hiatus. […]

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Ukrainian Jewish Heritage – International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27th marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945. Fifty years later, in November of 2005, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed this date International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, or simply International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Holocaust […]

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Ukrainian Jewish Heritage – Message to the Leaders of the Maidan

Vitaly Nachmanovych is a historian and ethnopolitologist specializing in Jewish Ukrainian history. His accomplishments are numerous. Among other things he is: a leading researcher at the Museum of History in Kyiv, with a special focus on the atrocity of Babyn Yar, the author of numerous articles and the editor of numerous publications dealing with the […]

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False accusations of anti-semitism in Ukraine

Volodymyr Valkov, of the Jewish Heritage Museum in Ukraine, discusses charges of anti-Semitism in response to a New Year’s skit on the Maidan in which Jewish persons were depicted in a derogatory manner. * Transcript: The pro-European protests in Ukraine that started on November 21 of last year have attracted international attention. The massive protests are seen […]

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Interview with Serhiy Hohlov of Ocean’s Red

On this week’s Nanaimo edition of Nash Holos Ukrainian Roots Radio (January 15, 2014) we get the eastern Ukrainian perspective of the Euromaidan. Kharkiv-based Serhiy Hohlov, bassist with the metal band Ocean’s Red spoke with Ryan and Tetiana about how the Euromaidan inspired the video for their song Riot. He also speaks about the ambivalence […]

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Timothy Snyder off the mark on post-WWII Ukraine

Ukrainian Jewish reaction to academic/author Timothy Snyder’s recent presentation in Geneva. Transcript: Добрий день! This is Renata Hanynets, at the Faina Petryakova Scientific Centre for Judaica and Jewish Arts, a branch of the Jewish Heritage Museum in Lviv, Ukraine. Recently, our executive assistant at the Jewish Heritage Museum, Volodymyr Valkov, travelled to Geneva to hear a […]

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Ukrainian Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky – “Saviour of the Jews”

Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky is known as the `saviour of Jews` during World War II. Renata Hanynets explains why, in this week’s look at Ukraine’s Jewish Heritage.   Transcript. Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky is known as the `saviour of Jews` during World War II. In the words of Rabbi David Kahane: “When I call Andrey Sheptytskyi a […]

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