The Paradoxes of Ukrainian Jewish History

April 18, 2022 | Andrew N. Koss
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Five centuries ago, Ukraine was a land of opportunity for Jews fleeing persecution and impoverishment in Central Europe; what followed was a period of cultural, religious, and demographic flourishing—punctuated by outbreaks of some of the worst anti-Semitic violence before the Holocaust. Today, Ukraine still has one of Europe’s larger Jewish communities; it is also being led by a Jewish president in its fight for its national survival. In conversation with Ellie Krasne, Andrew N. Koss explores some of the paradoxes of the Ukrainian Jewish past, and gives reason to be sanguine about the present. (Audio, 55 minutes.)

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