BRAMA, Oct 21, 2005, 11:00 am ET|
Ukraine Trip Will Pioneer Multicultural Understanding
Ukraine has attracted nostalgic visits from three different ethnic groups with an ancestral link in recent years. Ukrainians, Poles and Jews have come to see the hometowns of their families but seldom crossed paths.
Shimon Redlich plans to change that this summer when he leads a multicultural group to his native town of Berezhany and other towns in the Galician region of Ukraine. For the first time a group of Ukrainians ,Jews and Polish expatriates will form a joint group that looks at their shared history.
As a child Redlich survived Nazi persecution when he was befriended by Polish and Ukrainian families. He settled in Israel and became a historian of Eastern Europe and the author of the book Together and Apart" - Poles, Jews and Ukrainians in Berezhany. His book combined personal memories, interviews and scholarly research to present a refreshing look at the "big picture" of Ukrainian-Jewish-Polish coexistence .
"Families usually only pass down from generation to generation the history of their own ethnic group. So Jews, Ukrainians and Poles are often unaware of how intertwined their history was. They also often harbor stereotypes and inaccurate perceptions. By bringing together historians and community members, we hope to pave the way for understanding among future generations," said Prof. Redlich.
Bernard Dichek, a Canadian-Israeli filmmaker plans on making a documentary film about the encounter.
Individuals or groups interested in being part of the trip scheduled for the early part of the summer in 2006 should contact
BioIsrael Communications Ltd.
24 Weizmann St., Office 12
Kfar Saba, Israel 44247
Department of History and Classics
University of Alberta
Canada T6G 2H4
tel.: (780) 431-0388
fax: (780) 492-9125
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