Jewish-Ukrainian Relations in Late and Post-Soviet Ukraine

Articles, Lectures and Essays from 1986 to 2016

Aleksandr Burakovskiy

ibidem Press

Jewish-Ukrainian Relations in Late and Post-Soviet Ukraine

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Pub Date: November 2018

ISBN: 9783838212104

250 Pages

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Jewish-Ukrainian Relations in Late and Post-Soviet Ukraine

Articles, Lectures and Essays from 1986 to 2016

Aleksandr Burakovskiy

ibidem Press

The implementation of perestroika and the unexpected collapse of the USSR provoked unease that long-underlying ethnic tensions could erupt in strife in the post-Soviet world. Of particular concern in Ukraine was one of history’s fault lines in the region—the relations between Jews and Ukrainians.

In this collection of articles, lectures, presentations, and research, the author, a writer and an activist during this period of change, through firsthand experience offers an overview of the bold hopes of the Ukrainian and Jewish intellectual elite, as well as of the multifaceted and complicated reality and disappointments that thwarted these hopes.
As a leader in the struggle for democracy in Ukraine and an activist in the revival of Jewish identity during the period of glasnost and perestroika, Aleksandr Burakovskiy has impeccable civic credentials and a profound understanding of the situation of Jews in Ukraine in the years that preceded and followed Ukrainian independence. In his clear and cogent articles, he offers valuable and necessary insights into Jewish-Ukrainian relations.Marco Carynnyk, Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Toronto
In the struggle for Ukraine’s independence during the late 1980s and early 1990s, Aleksandr Burakovskiy championed a vision of a tolerant, inclusive Ukrainian state built on foundations of shared citizenship and equality. In the years that followed, increasingly Ukraine became infatuated with ethnonationalism. Burakovskiy has chronicled and criticized this evolution towards intolerance. His analyses will displease many—all the more reason to pay close attention to what he has to say.John-Paul Himka, Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta

About the Author

Aleksandr Burakovskiy chaired the Council of Nationalities of Rukh–The Popular Movement of Ukraine, served on the board of directors of the VAAD-USSR, is a former member of the Writers Unions of the USSR, as well as Ukraine, and was cofounder of the Sholom Aleichem Society in Kyiv. He received his doctorate in telecommunications engineering from the Moscow (Central) Telecommunications Research Institute, and a Candidate of Science from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He was a visiting research fellow at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture.