History of the Holocaust ("Catastrophe", "Shoah"), which became one of the greatest tragedies in human history, is part of the history of Europe and Ukraine. "The Shoah fundamentally challenged the foundations of civilization. The unprecedented character of the Holocaust will always hold universal meaning" - states the Stockholm Declaration of 2000. During the Stockholm Forum it was decided to recommend the Holocaust Studies to the countries of the Council of Europe and Ukraine became the first country in the former Soviet Union that integrated the Holocaust history course to school history education. Since 2011 Ukraine  marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the state level.

Holocaust history learning makes it possible not only to remember the tragedy of war and the suffering of the peoples of Europe, but heroism in resistance, examples of mutual aid between peoples, spiritual heroism for rescuing human lives. The Holocaust history should be learned in the context of world history and the history of Ukraine, so the topics for this Contest include the history of the Ukrainians and Russians, the tragedy of the Holodomor, the Nazi genocide against Roma, etc.

Ukraine suffered the greatest losses during World War II. That is why we appeal to citizens, public organizations and state bodies of Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and other countries to join 12 International Creative Works Contest for Pupils, Students and Teachers "Lessons of War and Holocaust - Lessons of Tolerance". This competition on the base of understanding the lessons of history should promote ideas of humanism and tolerance, rejection of chauvinistic and xenophobic ideologies, violence and totalitarian ideology.


The final of XVII Creative Works Contest for teachers, school and university students “Lessons of War and Holocaust – Lessons of Tolerance” which took place in Dnipro from September 29 till October 1 is over! 50 finalists from all over Ukraine presented their works online and offline. Pedagogical seminar for teachers, interactive classes for students, presentation of the documentary “Kalinindorf”, guided tours in the Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” and “Bet Hana” International Humanitarian and Pedagogical Institute tours – everything was held according to the quarantine sanitary requirements. All participants, jury members and organizers were supposed to have extremely fruitful and interesting work for the whole 3 days of the Contest.

Creative works were rated by competitive jury. Rayisa Yevtushenko, head of the Department of Education, Language Policy and Education of the National Minority of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, Dr. Yehor Vradii, Nataliia Ostrovska, associate professor of the Department of Journalism at ZNTU, Iryna Piskarova, head of “Tkuma” Institute educational department and Dr. Igor Shchupak.

We truly thank everyone who was with us, and, of course, congratulations to the winners!


3rd place:

Kateryna Zourab, Anastasia Ishu, Stanislav Suprun, Bohdan Lomaka (Poltava) – quest tour “Jewish Poltava”;

Vladislava Pavlivska (Kharkiv) – telegram bot “Facts about the Holocaust”;

2nd place:

Yana Kostrygina (Dnipro) painting “Fatal Years”;

Tatiana Shmalko (Dnipro) painting “On the other side of the wire April spring”;

1st place:

Sofia Nesterenko, Daria Merzla (Dnipro) painting “Blood and tears in metals and stones”


3rd place:

Yevhen Ashortia (Kharkiv) “Digital marks (badges) as elements of formulaic assessment in the study of the history of World War II, the elective”History of the Holocaust”;

Tetyana Lanevska (Kharkiv region) “Lonely in the Crowd: A Living History of the Holocaust”;

Serhiy Fontalin (Sumy) creative work “Look into the future”;

2nd place:

Oksana Hryvnyak (Lviv) “Family Stories of World War II”;

1st place:

Oleksandra Bykova (Kropyvnytskyi) methodical development of the national educational game “Millennium File” based on the book by Y. Petrovsky-Stern and P. Magochi “Jews and Ukrainians: Millennium of Co-existence”;

School students:

3rd place:

Natalia Yakina (Luhansk region) research work “Who did not know the tests he could not understand others”;

Mykhailo Minyailo (Bila Tserkva, Kyiv region) a poem “In the world of a distant express”, dedicated to the deportation of Crimean Tatars;

2nd place:

Vladislava Kizimova (Odessa) animated film “Odessa Anna Frank Lucy Kalika. 820 days of the dungeon”;

Nadiya Poltavets (Dnipro) literary and artistic collection “Geulla” (“Liberation”);

1st place:

Vitaly Gait (Dnipropetrovsk region) research “Holocaust outside Europe: genocide in North Africa”;

Diploma for the best creative work:

Student Volodymyr Pereima (Ternopil) – “You can't bloom without the roots of the garden” (graphics);

Program for a new format of creative work:

Student Kateryna Kasyanova (Dnipro) The power of good (burning on a tree);

Diploma for the original formation of a creative idea:

Student Maksym Masenko (Dnipro) Children in front of everyone (art-historical album);

Diploma for the original formation of a creative idea:

Teachers Iryna Matkovska, Svitlana Yaroshenko (Vinnytsia “Modernist depiction of the Holocaust tragedy in the work” Fugue of Death “by Paul Celan” (lesson of history and foreign literature);

Diploma for the original formation of a creative idea:

Pupil Victoria Frantsuz (Chernihiv region);

Two works:

1. Echo of the past (artwork);

2. The road to nowhere (poem);

Diploma for the original formation of a creative idea:

Kateryna Sydorchuk (Poltava region) “Tango of death is the pain of weaning” (color graphics);

Distribution for introduction to the scientific department of new historical sources:

Student Karina Boldin (Vinnytsia region) “Jewish Samgorod region in the national occupation” (research work);

During the Contest, we announced that the best work of the participants will be published in the publication of “Tkuma” Institute, and the finalists will be participants in our educational and scientific programs.

Congratulations to the winners of XVI Contest of Creative Works “Lessons of the War and the Holocaust – Lessons of Tolerance”

During September 26-28, the final stage of XVІ International contest of creative works for school, university students, postgraduates and teachers “Lessons of the War and the Holocaust – Lessons of Tolerance”, organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies was held in Dnipro. Among 250 creative works, which were sent to the Contest this year, only 50 became the finalists. The winners are:

Students, postgraduates:

Diploma of I Degree:

Yana Kostryhyna, Tetiana Shmalko (Dnipro)

“View into the Abyss” (painting)

“The History of the Unconquered” (painting)

(creative work)

Dnipro State College of Construction and Installation Technologies and Architecture

Diploma of II Degree:

Tamara Mandych (Kherson)

The Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Kherson: genocide verbalization in the memories of witnesses

(research work)

Kherson state university

Anastasia Datsyuk (Ostroh, Rivne region)

The study of Ostarbeiters everyday life from the Rivne region through the lens of their personal correspondence (1941–1944)

(research work)

Rivne Economic and Law Lyceum (currently, the student of Ostroh Academy)

Diploma of III Degree:

Kateryna Zourab, Stanislav Suprun (Poltava)

Virtual guided tour and interactive map “The Jewish History of Poltava”

Poltava Polytechnic College

Kateryna Akopyan (Nizhyn, Chernihiv region)

“Remember, do not forget, remind”

(creative work)

Nizhyn Gogol State University


Diploma of I Degree:

Yevhen Mazur, Maryna Mazur (Transcarpathian region)

  1. “The Millennium Hunger”.
  2. “The Hungry Conscience”, a theatrical performance for older students

(pedagogical skills)

Head of the “Melpomena” theater studio of the District Center for Extra-curricular Education of the Pre-Pre-school secondary school, teacher

History teacher of Mizhhirskya specialized secondary school I-III degrees

Diploma of II Degree:

Liudmyla Humeniuk (Lityn, Vinnytsia region)

Methodological textbook “The Holocaust topic during the teacher’s extra-curricular work”

(pedagogical skills)

Lityn secondary school № 1, deputy director on educational work

Iryna Fridman (Kyiv)

“Consistency of Babyn Yar memory: yesterday, today, tomorrow”

(Pedagogical skills)

Teacher of the history and traditions of the Jewish people secondary school № 41, Kyiv

Diploma of III Degree:

Valerii Nehmatov (Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk region)

Literary and musical composition ‘Kadish: Street to the sky …”

(pedagogical skills)

Teacher of Sievierodonetsk secondary school № 20

Andrii Mahaletskyi, Kateryna Mahaletska (Zhytomyr)

“The history of ХХ с. Genocide”

(pedagogical skills)

History teacher of secondary school №21

History teacher of Zhytomyr city high school №3

School children

Diploma of I Degree:

Polina Torubarova (Kupiansk, Kharkiv region)

The latest history. Political Association

An intellectual game “Mind control”

(creative work)

Kupiansk secondary school № 6, 11 form

Diploma of II Degree:

Yuliia Nykolenko (Zaporizhzhia)

The Holocaust through the teen’s eyes

(creative work)

Zaporizhzhia multidisciplinary lyceum № 99, 10 form

Anastasia Lysak (Dnipro)

By the Babyn Yar roads. Places of execution of Dnepropetrovsk civilians. Interactive map.

(research work)

Secondary school № 62, 10 form

Diploma of III Degree:

Oleksii Naumenko (Lysychansk, Luhansk region)

Defenders of the Motherland – participants of the anti-terrorist operation in Luhansk and Donetsk regions, volunteers, Maidan activists

(research work)

“Lysychansk specialized school of І-ІІІ grades №8”, 9 form

Anastasia Pavkovych (Rivne)

Calendar 2020 “Diplomats – Righteous among the Nations”

(creative work)

Rivne classical gymnasium “Prestige”, 11 form

Special awards:

Diploma for the original embodiment of creative ideas

Valentyna Obodovska high school № 7 history teacher, Odesa and student of Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University

Katwryna Bednaryk (joint work)

Reflection sketches on the same topic “Three days about the Holocaust and another poetry’

Diploma for introducing new historical sources to the scientific circulation

Каріна Болдін (Vinnytsia region)

International assistance in times of tragic trials of World War II

Samohorodska secondary school, 11 form

Nelly Nemyriyk (Opishnya, Poltava region)

We should remember it ...

Teahcer of State specialized boarding school of art of І-ІІІ grades “College of Arts in Opishnya” named after Vasyl Krychevsky

Diploma for a new format of creative work

School students Oleksandr Lytvynov, Vladyslava Pavlivska (Kharkiv)

RAP as an instrument for debate

Instagram as a space of tolerance

Students of Kharkiv of specialized school of І-ІІІ grades № 80

Diploma for the best creative work

Svitlana Predko, Cyrylo Boiko (Dnipro)

The composition “The Light of hope”

Syudents of National technical university, the Dnipro Polytechnic National Technical University

We would like sincerely congratulate the winners! Please note that all contestants who have submitted their works this year will soon receive participants' diplomas.

On September 26 the Final stage of XVІ International Contest of creative works “Lessons of the War and the Holocaust – Lessons of Tolerance”, organized by Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and «Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies has started in Dnipro. This year more than 250 creative works were sent to the Contest, they were not only from all over Ukraine, but also from neighboring countries – but only the best works reached the Final stage.

September 27-29, 2018, Dnipro welcomed Final of the XV International Contest “Lessons of War and Holocaust - Lessons of Tolerance” organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies.

During September 27-29, 2017 Kyiv hosted Final Event of XIV International Creative Works Contest for school and university students, postgraduates and teachers “Lessons of War and Holocaust – Lessons of Tolerance”, organized by “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies under the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.

56 works were selected by jury to be presented during the final event. This year 12 university students, 25 teachers – by the way not only history teachers, but also Law, Ukrainian language and literature - and 25 school students have become the finalists.