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.
This year, over 250 creative works were submitted to the contest not only from all over Ukraine (including from Lugansk and Donetsk oblasts), but also from neighboring countries – in particular, the creative work of a school student from Moldova came to the finale. Selection and evaluation of the participants’ works is carried out by a respectable jury consisting of the chief specialist of the Department of general secondary and pre-school education of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine Raisa Yevtushenko; professor, head of the Department of teaching methods of social disciplines and gender education of M.P. Drahomanov National Pedagogical University, Chairman of the All-Ukrainian Union of Teachers of History and Civic Education Prof. Tetiana Ladychenko, Associate Professor of Department of teaching methods of social disciplines and gender education of M.P. Drahomanov National Pedagogical University, director of the All-Ukrainian Union of Teachers of History and Civic Education Dr. Tamara Bakka, Professor of the Department of World History and International Relations of the Zaporizhzhya National University Oleksandr Davlietov, philologist Natalia Ostrovska, teacher-methodologist, head of “Tkuma” Institute educational department Iryna Piskariova, director of “Tkuma” Institute and the Holocaust Museum Dr. Igor Shchupak.
Among the works that were defended during the first day, in particular, are the following: “Images of the Second World War and the Holocaust in the culture of comics” (Maryna Nefiodova, Dnipro), “The economic aspect of the Holocaust on the example of the Rivne region” (Viktoria Zyl, Rivne), “Jewish agricultural colony on the territory of the Kherson province” (Natalia Moshkivska, Kryvyi Rih), “Historical aspects of the formation of the myth of the Great Patriotic War” (Andrii Mahaletskyi, Zhytomyr) and others, not less interesting researches.
Talented school students from all over Ukraine joined teachers and university students in defense of their first scholarly research and creative works – drawings, poems, essays. Here are the topics that school students, together with their academic curators chose for the first research – “International assistance during the tragic events of the Second World War”, “Miropolsky Babyn Yar”, “The light of the righteous of my family”, “Martyrs and Victims of the Chisinau Ghetto”, etc.