Ukrainian Jewish Heritage: Proposed Jewish Museum in Ukraine drawing inspiration from Poland

Written and narrated by Peter Bejger. How do you tell a story? Museums are essential places where stories about nations and cultures are told. But they are also places where the story may not fully told. Or the story may need to be retold. There has been a global boom in new museums. There are […]

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Ukrainian Jewish Heritage: New initiative will help Ukraine preserve its Jewish cemeteries and heritage for future generations

  New initiative will help Ukraine preserve its Jewish cemeteries and heritage for future generations “As if they are trees falling in the middle of the forest in the middle of the night.” This haunting remark was made by Phil Carmel, the CEO of the European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative. The Initiative was launched to physically […]

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Ukrainian Jewish Heritage: Russian Jewish author chronicles wartime horrors in Austrian-ruled Galicia

-Written and narrated by Peter Bejger. “I saw that that the windows of these ruined houses were stuffed with rags or boarded up. In these unheated kennels were human beings, whole families, starving, usually sick because all kinds of epidemics were raging….” One hundred years a bitter war was raging throughout Europe. One of the […]

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Ukrainian Jewish Heritage: The Dark Side of Jewish Heritage Travel

– Written and narrated by Peter Bejger. Let’s take a moment to consider “dark tourism.” The concept is elastic, and quite multi-faceted. And it has a distinguished historic pedigree. Evidently there are assertions that Thomas Cook, yes the Thomas Cook that founded the famous international travel agency, took people to see public hangings in England […]

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Ukrainian Jewish Heritage: Austrian Author Martin Pollack devotes life to deconstructing “Galician myths”

“How are we to explain the fact that today many people all but yearn for a world destroyed by their fathers and grandfathers?” The Austrian writer Martin Pollack poses uncomfortable questions in his work. But then he hails from a less than comfortable background. Pollack’s powerful book, The Dead Man in the Bunker, carries the […]

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Ukrainian Jewish Heritage: Historian speaks at Lviv Media Forum on morality, meaning, and the miracle of metaphysics on the Maidan

-Written & Narrated by Peter Bejger Truth and lies. Facts and fiction. Reality and the unreal. In today’s unsettled, and often bizarre, media landscape the very definition of these basic terms takes on an urgent meaning. How they are defined—and more importantly, who has the power to define them—shapes the political climate. And the resulting […]

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Ukrainian Jewish Heritage: Planting trees at Holocaust killing sites to commemorate victims of genocide

Written and narrated by Peter Bejger. The revelation came in California. “We went to one of the redwood parks. I was looking at redwood trees, sequoia trees, and I saw them and I remember just thinking about how much those trees have seen. If only they could talk. I started to think a thousand years […]

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Ukrainian Jewish Heritage: A Prayer for the Government

Examining the relationship between Ukrainians and Jews in Revolutionary Times, 1917-1920. Written and narrated by Peter Bejger. Centennials offer moments for reflection. The one hundredth anniversary of a major turning point in history provides an excellent opportunity for re-evaluation and reconsideration. In the spring of 1917 the Russian Empire came to an abrupt end. The […]

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Ukrainian Jewish Heritage: Ukrainian village Univ offers sanctuary and salvation during the Holocaust

Written and narrated by Peter Bejger A quiet village set amidst rolling hills, forests, and ravines. A revered monastery. And four stories of salvation. A compelling article by Oksana Sikorska in the Ukrainian journal Zbruch outlines the remarkable role of the small western Ukraine village of Univ during the horrors of the Second World War […]

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Ukrainian Jewish Heritage: Ivan Franko and Vladimir Jabotinsky

Franko and Jabotinsky: Setting the stage for cross-cultural understanding between Ukrainians and Jews -Written and narrated by Peter Bejger. Two writers, two politicians. Two outstanding public figures. And two intriguing viewpoints on the historic challenges of Ukrainian-Jewish relations. The Ukrainian writer Ivan Franko passed away in 1916. The Zionist leader Vladimir Jabotinsky was from a […]

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