On February 18, the meeting for representatives of travel agencies in the framework of the “Menorah” Center initiative on development of tourism in Dnipropetrovsk was held. The event was held in a popular European format of business breakfast and brought together over 50 participants.
Svitlana Yermakova, “Menorah” Center General Director, opened the event. She noted that the current economic situation in the country limits the ability of Ukrainians to travel abroad. So travel agencies have to offer them an alternative – not less interesting program of domestic tourism. Dnipropetrovsk City and “Menorah” Center can become a platform for the provision of tourism services and could satisfy the most demanding tastes of travelers.

On February 6-7, the History faculty of the Dnipropetrovsk National University conducted the second stage of the Ukrainian Competition and Defense of the Research Works of the Students-Members of the Small Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. This year “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust became a partner of this competition.
Dr. Igor Shchupak, Institute Director, and Denis Shatalov, Institute Research Associate, became the members of Expert Committee and participated in the defense in the sections “History of Ukraine” and “Local History Studies”.
In his speech, Dr. Shchupak emphasized the need of studying the tragic events of the 20th century as the basis for formation of tolerance in the society. The Institute Director told students and their curators about the prospects of cooperation between young researchers and “Tkuma” Institute, including the possibility of taking part in national and international seminars and competitions. In addition, “Tkuma” Institute plans to publish the collection of the best works.

Denis Shatalov shared his impressions from this year’s competition: “The defense was held in the sections “History of Ukraine”, “Local History Studies”, “World History”, “Ethnology” and “Archaeology”. In general, 77 works were presented. Students chose various subjects for their researches; however, we can see that the most popular topics were World War II and the Holocaust. In particular, in the section “History of Ukraine” 2 works, out of 23, were related to the issues of World War II, 2 were devoted to the Holocaust and 1 described the Jewish history of 19 - early 20 century. In the “Local History Studies” section 8 works, out of 27, were related to the problems of World War II, 2 were devoted to the Holocaust, and 1 highlighted the anti-Jewish pogrom in 1905. In the “World History” section 1 work out of 16 was related to the war, 1 – to the Holocaust, 3 – to the problems of the Jewish history, and 1 – to the Armenian Genocide.

Besides the quantitative indicators we should also mention the quality of works on these topics. Thus, in the “World History” section the first place was taken by Yelyzaveta Bordunova with the work called “Hanukkah as the Factor of Preserving the National Identity”; in the section “History of Ukraine” the winner is D. Dunda with the work called “Jewish Agricultural Colonies in Southern Ukraine in 19 and early 20 c.” The second place was taken by A. Pogorila with the work “Dnipropetrovsk Jewish Children during the Holocaust”; the third place was taken by K. Guseva with the work “Nazi Machine for Extermination of Jews in the Territory of Ukraine during the Holocaust”. The works of winners had reference on “Tkuma” Institute publications.

On January 27, in Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” near the panorama “Babi Yar – “Babi Yars” of Ukraine” the Memorial Ceremony to the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day were held. Officials, members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of the United Nations, members of the EU Delegation, religious leaders of different faiths, representatives of the Dnipropetrovsk Jewish Community, the media and general public joined the ceremony to commemorate victims of Nazism.
Solomon Flaks, Chairman of the Council of Jewish Veterans, retired colonel, opened the ceremony. After him the floor was taken by: Yonatan Leifer, Director of JDC Programs in Eastern Ukraine; Vasyl Kostytsky, Chairman of the National Expert Commission of Ukraine on Protection of Public Morality; Faina Vynokurova, Deputy Director of the State Archives of Vinnytsia region; Oleksandr Fridkis, Executive Officer of Jewish Religious Community; Rev. Simeon, Bishop of Dnipropetrovsk and Pavlograd Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate; Ramazan Kurbanov, Head of the Muslim Religious Community of Dnipropetrovsk; Vasyl Pantylyuk, Cane. of Donetsk Exarchate of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

On January 26, Kyiv hosted the opening of the exhibition “Auschwitz Concentration Camp – Ukrainian Dimension. Research, Documents, Testimonies” dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The organizers of the event were: the National Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance, the G.S. Pshenychny Central State Archive. Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” and “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies took part in creation of the exhibition. Our Museum handed over a number of unique exhibits that would be on display at the Museum of the Great Patriotic War along with other exhibits.

Meeting with ATO fighters Oleg Repan and Yuri Fomenko, which took place on January 15th in the premises and with the support of “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust gathered significant audience. The event, initially planned as a very chamber one, attracted many residents of the city. Among the participants there were people of different ages and occupations who came to listen about the events in Eastern Ukraine from the firsthand. Although many participants know about the war in the Donbas from their own experience because a lot of them are volunteers who bring humanitarian aid to soldiers, or visit them in hospitals.