Final of the 13th International Contest for Pupils, Students and Teachers “Lessons of War and Holocaust – Lessons of Tolerance”

On September 23-25, 2016 Kyiv hosted final events of the 13th International Creative Works Contest “Lessons of War and Holocaust – Lessons of Tolerance”. It is permanent project of “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies. This year the Contest was dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Babyn Yar tragedy and was conducted simultaneously with series of large-scale events organized by UJE, “Tkuma” Institute, the Holocaust Museum, other leading educational and research institutions of Ukraine.

Participants from almost all regions of Ukraine, including Luhansk and Crimea, as well as from Belarus had sent their projects. 24 history, Ukrainian language, literature teachers as well as 29 school students became this year’s finalists.

 Here are the winners according to the defense of the projects:


Section “Pedagogical skills”:

The 3rd place –

Anzhela Karimova (Chernivtsi) – project “Children of War: Understanding the Lessons of History”; Oksana Hryvnyak (Lviv) – “Places of Totalitarian Regime Crimes in Lviv”; Liudmyla Riznyk (Cherkasy region) - educational program at the museum “Memory. Optional author’s course with media education component for pupils of 10-11 grades”; Tetiana Ruban (Chernihiv region) – “Our Pain and Our Pride”; Victoriya Karkach, Olena Moskalenko (Poltava) – outline for binary lesson “Holocaust as a Tragic Page in the History of Mankind and its Reflection in the Poetry of Paul Celan “Todesfuge”; Olha Kucher (Sevastopol) – “Historical Lessons of the Holocaust and Contemporary Issues of Tolerance”; Oleksandr Vdovin (Luhansk region) – “Occupation Regime and the Resistance Movement in the Occupied Territories. Holocaust”.

The 2nd place –

Yuriy Burdynsky (Vinnytsya region) – “Babyn Yar in the Memories of Those Who Survived”; Natalya Herasym (Chernivtsi) – “The Use of Video Evidence in History Teaching at Schools”; Svitlana Posmitna (Poltava) – “Babyn Yar: Without the Right for Oblivion”; Liliya Voloniuk (Ternopil region) – “Search History Web Quest “The Tragic Fate of the Jewish People. The Scope and Consequences of the Holocaust on the Territory of Lanivtsi district”; Lyubov Tyahlo (Dnipro) – “Professional Ethics of Physician (in the example of medical staff during the Second World War)”; Natalya Diordiyeva (Zaporizhzhya) – methodical development of lesson within course “Person and World”.

The 1st place –

Lyubov Andriyevska (Poltava region) – “Tragedy of “Babyny Yary” – the tragedy of global scale”; Maksym Borovyk (Minsk, Belarus) – “Women’s Voices of War…”; Maryna Kuryn (Zakarpatia region) – “Bridges of Human Memory…”; Yevhen Mazur (Kherson region) – “Theatrical Performance for Senior Pupils “Smertelny Yar”; Liudmyla Khorkova (Dnipro region) – educational session “Righteous and Bystanders: Victory of Goodness”; Tetiana Chernenko (Chernihiv region) – “Studies of the Holocaust Based on the Analysis of Text and Visual Sources”;

Section “Multimedia Technologies”:

The 2nd place – Oleksandr Kononchuk (Rivne) – multimedia presentation “Sosonky – Rivne “Babyn Yar”.

The 1st place – Oleh Rudyi (Khmelnytsky) - electronic guide “Dictionary of the Holocaust”; Tetiana Sayapina (Kharkiv region) – Web Museum “Holocaust: Tragedy of Humankind Through the Eyes of Artists”.


Section “”Research:

The 3rd place –

Alina Riznyk (10 grade, Cherkasy region) – “The Soviet anti-Jewish policy in the era of Stalinism”; Iryna Omelyan (10 grade, Cherkasy region) – “War Through the Eyes of Children: Kovrai Village During the Occupation”; Vitaliy Husyev (10 grade, Donetsk region) – “Mariupol “Babyn Yar”: Little-Known Pages of the Holocaust History Through the Memories of Witnesses”; Oleksandra Savchenko (11 grade, Dnipro region) – “Children’s Rights in the Ghetto”; Eduard Kotendzhy (10 grade, Donetsk region) – “Propaganda as a Weapon of Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes in Justifying Genocide and Military Aggression”; Serhiy Spinzhar (11 grade, Poltava) – “Jewish Resistance to Nazi Policy in Poltava Region During the Holocaust”; Arina Shamenko (11 grade, Kyiv) – “Babyn Yar: Historical and Cultural Phenomenon of the Tragedy”.

The 2nd place –

Anastasiia Protchenko (11 grade, Dnipro region) – “Jews in Kryvyi Rih: Possibilities of Rescue During the Holocaust”; Svitlana Hordiyenko (10 grade, Donetsk region) – “Participation of Jews in the Resistance Movement in Western Donbas”; Ulyana Bolekhan (11 grade, Zakarpatia region) – “Genocide of Jews and Roma on the Territory of Zakarpatia”; Hanna Kovalenko (11 grade, Mykolayiv) – “Roma in Mykolayiv region During German-Romanian Occupation 1941–1944”; Yevhen Luhinich (11 grade, Chernivtsi region) – “Jewish Ghetto in Sokyriany”; Olha Mazur (9 grade, Vinnytsya region) – “Life after Death (attempt to reconstruct the second part of Anne Frank diary, which has never been written)”.

The 1st place –

Mykola Ilashchuk (11 grade, Chernivtsi) – “The Life of Jewish children in Chernivtsi During the Holocaust Through the Testimony of Eyewitnesses”; Yuliya Pavlova (11 grade, Poltava) – “Declaration of the Stockholm Forum (2005): European Experience in Preserving the Memory of the Holocaust”.

Section “Multimedia Project”:

The 1st place

Vladyslav Prokopchuk (10 grade, Dnipro region) – “The Electronic Guide for Beginners in Learning the Holocaust History”.

Section “Creative Work”:

The 2nd place

Alina Pavlysh (9 grade, Dnipro region) – “Shared Pain Unites”; Kateryna Fesenko (9 grade, Luhansk region) – “Wings of Strong and Noble Spirit”; .

The 1st place –

Erik Melnyk (10 grade, Cherkasy region) - Sculpture “Righteous”; Victoriya Muzyka (11 grade, Chernihiv region) – “Women's fate - embroidered towel”; Polina Torubarova (8 grade, Kharkiv region) – “Ukrainian “Babyny Yary”: Silent Confession of Drobytsky Yar…”; Victoriya Ovdiyenko (11 grade, Poltava region) – “Candle in Memory of Those Lives”; Darya Blokhina (11 grade, Zaporizhzhya) – “The story of an unknown refugee”; Kateryna Bednaryk (9 grade, Odesa) – “From the Tragedy to Freedom and Goodness for the Happiness of Future Generations. Janusz Korczak”; Anastasiya Linnik (11 grade, Luhansk region) – “Children and War: Understanding the Lessons of History”.