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The Jews of the Ukraine and the Current Crisis (JW3 Jewish Community Centre), by Nick Barlay

‘There is no buffet-style international law.’ So says Dr. Thomas D. Grant, international lawyer and author of ‘Aggression against Ukraine’, a new book on the conflict from the perspective of a fundamental principle that has existed since World War Two. As Grant, ‘a lawyer by training and an academic by vocation’, puts it: ‘Post-1945, there…

Nick Barlay | 25/07/2015

Czech Band Mydy Rabycad at the Henley Festival, reviewed by Ian Mole


It seemed a difficult task at first. A young band from the Czech Republic playing their first U.K. gig and trying to win over an audience – with an average age of about sixty – who’d almost certainly never heard their music before. Also, Mydy Rabycad are a dance band and this was an all-seater…

Ian Mole | 15/07/2015
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Remembering Srebrenica: Ratko Mladić: The Butcher of Bosnia, by Judith Fagelson

General Ratko Mladić  – the infamous ‘Butcher of Bosnia’ – seems almost out of place at the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Now elderly, balding and wizened, he bears little resemblance to the battle-hardened general who, precisely 20 years ago,  oversaw the massacre of 7,414 Bosnian Muslims in the UN ‘safe area’ of…

Judith Fagelson | 11/07/2015

Remembering Srebrenica: David Rohde’s ‘Endgame’ reviewed by Nick Barlay

Twenty years ago, American journalist David Rohde came across a decomposed human leg. It was sticking out of the ground in a village in eastern Bosnia. The leg was one of the first indications to the outside world that rumours of a massacre were true. It was mid-1995 and the location of the leg, as…

Nick Barlay | 09/07/2015
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Documenting Ukraine: Theatre – George Genoux and Natalia Vorozhbit at GRAD, reviewed by Jo Varney


A four-day festival Documenting Ukraine was held last weekend in London bringing together Ukraine’s leading names in documentary cinema and theatre. The theatre section, hosted at GRAD in Central London, comprised two live performances in their main gallery space: acclaimed German theatre director Georg Genoux performed his solo multimedia piece, Anyone Can Be Saint Nikolai,…

Jo Varney | 23/05/2015
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‘Documenting Ukraine: Day 4’ at the Frontline Club, by Judith Fagelson


It’s about time British people saw a rounded portrayal of Ukraine. Since conflict first broke out in November 2013, Ukraine has dominated our screens on and off, yet most of us are no closer to understanding what’s going on than we were a year and a half ago. We are fed a sensationalist, two-dimensional caricature…

Judith Fagelson | 22/05/2015
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Victory Day weekend in London, by Eugenia Ellanskaya

It’s been a busy weekend for the Russian community in London. 9th of May 2015 – V-Day in Russia – marked the day when 70 years ago the Nazi forces capitulated to the Soviet army. The end of the war that for USSR took away up to 27 million lives and left many more millions…

Eugenia Ellanskaya | 12/05/2015

‘UKRAINIAN ART NOW: SPACES OF IDENTITY’ reviewed by Julia Secklehner

Focussing on Ukrainian contemporary art at this moment of crisis, the symposium ‘Ukrainian Art Now’ at the Courtauld Institute centred on the events of Maidan, with insights too into the cultural situation in Eastern Ukraine. The first speaker Roman Minin, an artist from that very region around Donetsk, showed his images of miners in various…

Julia Secklehner | 07/03/2015
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‘Life in a Jar: Childhood Experiences of the Holocaust’, reviewed by Jo Varney

On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a packed British Library conference centre heard the remarkable stories of three people: Erich Reich was four years old when he was taken on the Kindertransport from Vienna to London; Lili Stern-Pohlmann was hidden by a naïve but kindly German woman in an…

Jo Varney | 01/02/2015
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Remembering Romania 1989: actor Ion Caramitru at the ICR, by Camelia Ciobanu

It’s 25 years since the events of 1989, a year that not only changed Eastern Europe but the world.  In December of that year, in Romania in the former Eastern Bloc, the choice was limited: to go out into the streets to fight for freedom or pray for it. There had been 42 years of…

Camelia Ciobanu | 17/12/2014