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Prof. Wynn participant in Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter Initiative (UJEI) meeting, June 2009 in Salzburg, Austria

Associate Prof. Charters Wynn, an expert on the development of Ukrainian-Jewish relations, was one of 20 eminent scholars from North America, Israel, and Ukraine invited to participate in a conference June 7-10 by the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR).

Posted: July 1, 2009
Group of scholars at UJEI meeting, Salzburg, with Prof. Wynn kneeling (far right)

Group of scholars at UJEI meeting, Salzburg, with Prof. Wynn kneeling (far right)

At the meeting, held in the Salzburg palace Schloss Leopolskron, Wynn presented a paper on pogroms and participated in the three-day discussion on the history of Jews in Ukraine from the 16th century to the early 1920s. The IHJR is working in cooperation with the UJEI, a privately organized multinational initiative whose goal is to expand scholarly collaboration and bring broader public understanding of the complexity, breadth and diversity of Ukrainian Jewish relations over the centuries.

The purpose of this meeting was to deepen the understanding of the relationship between Ukrainians and Jews on territories that now constitute modern Ukraine, and the lands of resettlement; to contextualize the centuries of co-existence and interaction – including with other ethnic groups, under successive political regimes and in different regions – in the social, economic, political and cultural spheres, as well as take account of ethnic tension and periods of violence. The UJEI is also interested in the difference in treatment of embedded stereotypes by clarifying their origins, and looking at what may be considered documented historical fact and what is myth. It wants to provide both an overview and detailed histories of various sensitive aspects of the relationship.

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