Forgotten Places of Memories

Documentation of the study trip to the Ukraine

The picture shows the memorial in Kiew for the victims of the German occupation during WW II. (© picture-alliance, Arco Images GmbH)

The focus of the study trip to Charkiv, Mirgorod and Kiev in October 2017 was the reflexion of the reconditioning of Ukraine’s past amidst the current situation of the country. The main emphasis of the trip was the working up of the communist heritage. The current conflicts of history discourses and impacts of the so called “Law of decommunization”, historic workup of the 2nd World War were on the agenda. The study trip took the group to unknown, forgotten places of memories. Talks with scientists, history experts, representatives of NGOs and governmental institutions granted insights into the addressed topics and offered various aspects on the current political, economical, social and cultural state of the country.

The studytrip included the participation at the international conference “Babyn Jar and other ‘forgotten’ sites of the Holocaust in Ukraine and Eastern Europe” in Kiev. Besides Babyn Jar there were lots of other places in the Ukraine were mass executions happened. Those execution sites and mass graves are widely unknown – geographically and historic-culturally. In the frame of the conference those “forgotten” sites were addressed to close in into more public awareness. The conference provided an overview of the current state of research, historical discourses and current lines of conflict in political-historical debates. It also provided an opportunity for networking and exchange between actors working in the field of remembrance.

More informations about the conference: http://www.bpb.de/veranstaltungen/dokumentation/260537/babyn-jar-and-other-forgotten-sites-of-theholocaust

The available PDF-Icon documentation of the study trip as PDF includes reports by the participants. The orthography was mostly retained.


  1. The Socialist Heritage: Curse or Blessing I.
    by Gundula Werger
  2. Jewish life today
  3. Slightly different art…
    by Bärbel Schmidt-Šakić
  4. Political Situation: Meeting with Dmytro Bulakh
  5. The Socialist Heritage: Curse or Blessing II
    by Dr. Zbigniew Wilkiewicz
  6. Forgotten History: House Slovo
    by Elise Landschek
  7. Between Playground and Front Line
    by Christian Splett
  8. Current political situation: The war in Eastern Ukraine and it’s aftermath
    by Stefanie Fink
  9. De-communisation and communal daily routine
    by Annette Schneider-Solis
  10. Drobitsky Yar – uncomfortable places of rememberance
    by Bernhard Schütz
  11. Mirgorod – the peaceful city that has hot water even in summer
    by Judith Seitz
  12. My rendezvous with Mrs Knobochka
    by Bernd Schellenberg
  13. Kiev's modernist architecture and monumental art
    by Sophie Heller
  14. Museum of monumental propaganda
    by Joachim Göres
  15. Art: a mirror image of social wounds
    by Anina Valle Thiele
  16. Museum of the Second World War and state-run rememberance culture
    by Maximilian Lütgens
  17. The difficult path towards Ukraine’s own history
    by Manfred Dieterle-Jöchle
  18. Modern art and rememberance work
    by Kaspar Nürnberg
  19. Historico-political guided tour: Babyn Yar and the memory of Holocaust mass extermination sites
    by Guido Hassel

Impressions of the study trip

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