In Search of Amnesia

In November 2019 I returned to Ukraine, this time concentrating on the Kiev region, formerly part of the Russian Empire and the Pale of Settlement, a region that stretched from Belarus to the Black Sea. These regions had for centuries been a haven for Judaism and the centre for European Jewish settlement. Ukraine’s cities, towns and villages once held sizeable Jewish populations active in trade, commerce and politics; these communities are significantly smaller and, outside of the major city centres, are dwindling as they age and the youth move away.

 

 

 

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Elderly Man, Zvenyhorodka

 

 

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Yacob Tamarkin, Head of the Jewish Community, Vasyl’Kiv

 

 

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Barooka (Bellinda), Bershad

 

 

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Elena Alekseevna Miroshnichenko, Zvenyhorodka

 

 

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Klavdiya Kolesnikova, Jewish Museum, Korsun

 

 

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Pyotr wearing Tefillin, Korsun

 

 

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Leonid Brasavskiy, Head of the Jewish Community, Zvenyhorodka

 

 

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Roman Tivin, Head of the Jewish Community, Bohslav

 

 

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Roman’s Grandfather, Korsun Jewish Museum

 

 

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Oleh, Uman

 

 

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Dmitri (Shoemaker), Uman

 

 

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Ina, Great Choral Synagogue, Podil, Kyiv

 

 

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Brodsky Synagogue, Kyiv

 

 

Hasidic Jew Brodsky Synagogue diptych

Stein, Brodsky Synagogue, Kyiv

 

 

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Puppets from Yiddish Theatre Exhibition (part of the Judaica Institute collection), Museum of Theatre, Music and  Cinema Of Ukraine, Kyiv

 

 

 

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Brodsky Synagogue, Kyiv

 

 

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Leonid Finberg, Director of The Center for the Studies of History & Culture of East European Jewry, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

 

 

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Tania Borodina, Researcher in Holocaust history, Judaica Institute, Kyiv

 

 

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Oksana, ESJF European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative, Kyiv branch (with drone aerial view of Jewish cemetery)

 

 

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Kateryna Malakhova, Historical Researcher, ESJF European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative, Kyiv branch

 

 

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Jewish School, Bila Tserkva

 

 

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Jewish School, Bila Tserkva

 

 

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Holodomor Monument, Kyiv

 

 

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Sweeper, Babyn Yar (massacre site), Kyiv

 

 

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Goats, Zvenyhorodka Jewish Cemetery

 

 

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Yakob, Jewish Cemetery,  Vasyl’Kiv

 

 

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Former Jewish home, Bershad

 

 

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Locals, former Jewish shtetl, Bershad

 

 

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Bohslav, former Shtetl

 

 

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Jewish Cemetery, Zvenyhorodka

 

 

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Efim Mihailovich Vigodner, Head of the Jewish Community, Bershad

 

 

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Synagogue, Bershad

 

 

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