"Tkuma" Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies conducts international scholarly conferences, releases scholarly literature (monographs, scholarly journal, textbooks, manuals, collections of documents and memoirs, etc.), coordinates and implements important research projects.
One of the main "Tkuma" Institute research topics is the feat of Righteous Among the Nations who rescued Jews during the Holocaust risking their own lives and lives of their families.
The mechanism of the Nazi "final solution of the Jewish question" in occupied Ukraine, problems of international relations during the World War II, the Holocaust, resistance etc. hold the important place in "Tkuma" Institute research.
Among "Tkuma" Institute publications issued in the first half of 2015 there are: new issue of the scholarly journal "Holocaust Studies", collection of memoirs "Reviving Memory", Proceedings of the International Scholarly Conference "Righteous and Other Rescuers during the Holocaust: Ukraine's Example in Comparative Context", album of photographs and documents "Nazi New Order in Ukrainian Cities" and others. We plan to release books on the Holocaust in Ukraine, the phenomenon of Righteous Among the Nations, research on regional aspects of the Holocaust.
"Tkuma" Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies closely and effectively cooperates with research, museum and archival institutions from Ukraine, Austria, Belarus, Canada, Germany, Israel, Moldova, Polans, Russia, the USA, Sweden, etc.
On February 26-27 in Munich the meeting of the Ukrainian and German historians and discussion on the creation of Ukrainian-German Historical Commission was held. In particular, the participants defined the range of the questions for discussing. They included questions on the Holocaust history teaching and the creation of the alternative textbook on World War II and the Holocaust history.
Intellectuals of Ukraine and Germany have been planning the idea of creating the Ukrainian-German Commission for a long time. But this idea turned into reality only now. Polina Barvinskya, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Doctoral Candidate of Modern History Department of I. I. Mechnikov Odesa National University, the specialist on Ukrainian-German relations; Yaroslav Hrytsak, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor of Ukrainian Catholic University; Igor Shchupak, Candidate of Historical Sciences, “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies and Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” Director represented Ukrainian part in the creation of the Commission.
On January 27, 2015 round table "Totalitarianism, the Holocaust and Modern War" took place in Dnipropetrovsk and involved the members of diplomatic corps, representatives of different religious confessions and national minorities of the city.
On November 24, 2014 the regular meeting of the working group preparing informational and educational material about the events in Ukraine in 2013-2014 in particular about the Revolution of Dignity and Russian-Ukrainian War was conducted in Kyiv in the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. The group includes Pavlo Polyanskiy, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine; Volodymyr Holovko, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Institute of Ukrainian History run by National Academy of Science of Ukraine; Rayisa Yevtushenko, Chief Specialist of Department of General, Secondary and Preschool Education of Ministry of Education of Science of Ukraine; Igor Shchupak, Candidate of Historical Science, "Tkuma" Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies and Museum "Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine" director, and others.
Leading specialists in the sphere of culture in Dnipropetrovsk met at Cyril and Methodius Regional Universal Scientific Library to discuss All-Ukrainian project “Culture-2025. Platform for Changes”.
This project will cover the whole country and consider different positions and requirements in the sphere of culture and general public. It has begun with strategy sessions in Lviv and Vinnytsia. At present the project has already been discussed in Dnipropetrovsk. Zaporizhzhya, Kharkiv, Odesa and Kyiv are next.
The representatives of culture institutions of Dnipropetrovsk and region – workers of the museums, libraries, creative associations, conservatories, philharmonics, theatres, etc., took part at the discussion in Dnipropetrovsk. Dr. Oleksandra Leonova represented Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” and “Tkuma” Institute at the roundtable.
The participants discussed obstacles on the way to cultural development which occurs in legal and financial systems, communication, infrastructure and others. Alongside with the main problems – contradictions in legislation, which regulate culture institutions’ activity, the financing of culture by the “leftover principle” – the participants of the discussion turned their attention to the general problem of the population’s low cultural level and change of the value system of the Ukrainian society, for which promotion of personal cultural level is not a priority. Despite the difficult situation in the sphere of culture in Ukraine, the participants were quite optimistic, as the organizers of the event came to Dnipropetrovsk to hear the opinion of representatives of cultural sphere and their propositions for improvement of the situation. After the discussion of the complex of cultural issues, which Ukrainian society and professional environment is currently faced with, the participants tried to propose their own problem-solving ideas. It’s significant that such discussions are aimed at creating Ukrainian cultural development strategies and its legal registration for the next decade – 2015–2025. Maybe the future bill, created on the basis of professional discussion of the actual issues locally, not just “front-office decision”, would turn out to be viable and, at last, would outline the positive dynamics of cultural development in Ukraine. However, the key to successful development of culture (and not just culture) is not only favorable conditions on the part of the state, but also an active position, interesting initiatives and innovative approaches, the desire to evolve and change our society for the better not only of cultural figures, but also of all those aware of the importance of culture in Ukrainian society.
During the discussion Oleksandra Leonova especially emphasized the importance of creating favorable conditions for the developing of national cultures in Ukraine, development of the atmosphere of tolerance and overcoming xenophobia, discrimination, anti-Semitism, which is an important step for Ukraine on the way to the European and the world cultural values.
Fruitful debates, idea exchange and free intercourse allowed the participants of the discussion to formulate propositions on main directions of the strategy plan on cultural development.