With a Shield or on It: What Does 8 and 9 of May Mean for Contemporary Ukraine?

Online discussion dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Together we look for ways to remember this event so that unknowingly we don’t support those, who try to turn the memory of the second world war into a weapon.



director of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance, candidate of philosophy


сurator of the Past / Future / Art project, professor in the Department of Philosophy of the Odesa I.I. Mechnikov National University

75 years separate us from the end of the Second World War. The day of victory against Nazism became the most powerful symbolic event of the 20th century, which also enabled/launched the creation of a completely new world (or so it seemed then). The history of the New Europe began on the 8th of May, 1945. The same date was also the beginning of a new global confrontation and the expansion of the Soviet empire.

It’s very easy to remember only one of these directions and narrate the post-war history as either black or white. But is it possible to find such a frame that would allow to see all? Join a conversation about what the end of World War II means in Ukraine today.

Online stream of the discussion took place on May 7, 2020, on the Facebook page of the Past / Future / Art project.

You can read the summary of the discussion in the text «Never again, or we can repeat it?».