The discussion of the current volatile situation in Ukraine after the overthrow of president Yanukovich in February 2014 is marked by frequent references to the precarious situation of the large Ukrainian Jewish community (aproximately 300,000 people), particularly the threat of growing antisemitism.
The Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies is arranging a conference to provide the public and the academic world with reliable narratives of current developments. This information will be provided by a very senior representative of the Ukrianian Jewish community, Josef Zissels, and specialised academics, and presented in an open and accessible setting (Friends House, London).
The speakers are Prof Antony Polonsky (IPJS; Brandeis University), Dr François Guesnet (IPJS; UCL), Dr Anton Shekhovtsov (UCL School for Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, a specialist on far right movements in Eastern Europe) and Josef Zissels (The Chair of the Ukrianian Confederation of Jewish Organisations). The event will be moderated by Mr Edward Lucas, senior editor at The Economist.
This Blog will cover the lead-up to the conference with all the latest up-to-date information and is run by David Dahlborn of the UCL Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies.
The event is open to the public and free of charge.