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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
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The Eternal Void: Remembering the Hungarian Holocaust, by Monica Porter

This year has been Holocaust Memorial Year in Hungary, the land of my birth.  Seventy years ago, in 1944, the Nazis marched in to accomplish what the Hungarian government had signally failed to do: deport to Auschwitz the country’s approximately 800,000-strong Jewish population. In two short months 437,402 Jews were transported to the death camp,…

Monica Porter | 30/11/2014
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The Hungarian Uprising: Writer Monica Porter remembers 1956

Each year on 23 October, the anniversary of the outbreak of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising, groups of Hungarians meet to commemorate the historic episode, wherever they are, whether in Hungary itself or amongst the global diaspora. For my compatriots, 1956 symbolises everything of national significance – the yearning for independence, the fight against tyranny, the…

Monica Porter | 26/10/2014

‘Russia, Ukraine and International Sanctions’: Valeriya Stepanuyk visits the panel discussion at Pushkin House (10/07/2014

Pushkin House is famous as an oasis of Russian culture in London – not only does it answer the nostalgia of a post-Soviet diaspora, but also familiarizes the British public with current trends in Russian arts, history, philosophy and politics. With many people’s minds now occupied with the Ukrainian crisis, Pushkin House hosted a panel…

Valeriya Stepanuyk | 16/07/2014