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How to Eradicated Lenin from Ukrainian Minds? E-mail

On December 12th 13th Scholarly Conference with metaphorical title How to Eradicated Lenin from Ukrainian Mind? too place in Kyiv. The event was organized by French Embassy in Ukraine, French Institute in Ukraine, Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance, European Forum for Ukraine and Center for Research on the Liberation Movement.
Conference participants discussed the problem of overcoming the totalitarian past of Ukraine. The debate was conducted in several dimensions. To be more precise, the discussion on the socio-political and historical issues was conducted at the intersection of sciences such as history, political science, social psychology, economics, culturology, etc. But the main thing that was managed by the conference was an opportunity to exchange ideas and dialogue on the mechanisms and their implementation.


Scholars and public figures from Ukraine and the world were invited to the conference, among them there was Dr. Igor Shchupak, Tkuma Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies and Museum Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine Director. Dr. Shchupak tells: The conference became very interesting scientific and social phenomenon according to the level of importance and urgency of the problems discussed. For me personally the most interesting lectures were by famous historian and sovietologist Françiose Thom (France), former dissident and public figure Josef Zissels, historian and author of the project Black Book of Communism Stéphane Courtois (France), outstanding Ukrainian philosopher and art historian Vadym Skurativskiy, Ukrainian economist George Lorush, and speeches by Volodymyr Viatrovitch, Galia Ackerman, encyclopedic source-study expert Igor Gyrych, famous historian Yuri Shapoval, Polish public figure Krzystof Stanowski, legendary Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis, equally legendary dissident and psychiatrist Semen Gluzman, journalists Vakhtang Kipiani and Vitaly Portnikov.
As for Dr. Igor Shchupak, in his speech, he stopped, particularly on the educational work of Tkuma Institute and seminars Studying World War II and the Holocaust History under Conditions of Modern War against Ukraine, conducted with the support of MESU in all regions of Ukraine. Separately spoke about formation of historical memory and national identity through the Museum Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine, and the Soviet model of historical memory in many museums in Eastern Ukraine and Russian history textbooks.
During the Conference there were heated discussions, but the participants of international conference are confident in one thing: to overthrow Lenin from the pedestal is easier than eradicate it from our mind. The participants see the recipe for overcoming the past in many factors. But perhaps the main among them lies in the citizens Ukraine the ability to self-organization, willingness to change, conscious and active civic position.

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