Join us for an important debate about how to appropriately commemorate the wartime massacre that took place at Babyn Yar.
Ukraine has witnessed a renewed focus on the commemoration of the Babyn Yar tragedy, the site of the mass murder of thousands of people, mainly Jews, in 1941-42 in the Nazi-occupied Kyiv. A major privately-funded initiative – the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Centre (BYHMC) – supported by Russian and Ukrainian businessmen of Jewish descent, has driven an ambitious remembrance project around Babyn Yar, including the construction of a major museum. Recently, BYHMC has become the subject of heated debate, as Ukraine’s civil society raised concern about the lack of agency Ukraine has in this important project, as well the shift towards experimental curatorial work led by the new artistic director, Russian film-maker Illia Khrzhanovsky. Initial plans from Khrzhanovsky talk of 'psychological experiments' that will immerse visitors in the experience of the Holocaust through use of technology. Khrzhanovsky's approach has been criticised by Ukraine's artistic and intellectual community, which signed an open letter demanding Khrzhanovsky's resignation. In the midst of this controversy, could it be possible to reach consensus around BYHMC?
Ukrainian Institute London assembled a panel of four speakers, representing several sides of the debate: Dr Karel Berkhoff, Senior Researcher at the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam, Former Chief Historian and Chair of the Scientific Council at BYHMC; Yaakov dov Bleich, Chief Rabbi of Ukraine and Member of BYHMC Supervisory Board, Yana Barinova, former Chief Operation Officer at BYHMC, advisor for Humanities and Culture for the Mayor of Kyiv; Anton Drobovych, Director of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory.
The panel will be moderated by Marina Pesenti, Director of Ukrainian Institute London.
This event will be held in English.