Showing the Holocaust through women’s eyes

photo of the girls each of them could be rywka“Mother?! What does it mean? Who is this creature called mother, who with great pleasure suffers and gives birth to a new life…”. These are the words from the diary of Rywka Lipszyc – one of the most mysterious heroines of the Holocaust. Her story is the subject of an exhibit of the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków, Poland which is held from 28th June 2017 to 31st March 2018.

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A Ukrainian miracle

pavlova reviewA review of Гніздо горлиці (The Nest of the Turtledove). A film directed by Taras Tkachenko, Ukraine, 2016.


“Welcome to Ukraine,” says a border guard with a smile on his face and a bribe in his hand. This is one of the introductory scenes of the film The Nest of the Turtledove. The main character, Daryna, is returning home, pregnant, after working for two years in Italy. She leaves behind tireless work and a relationship with her boss and his constantly unsatisfied mother. At home she is greeted by a parade of empty vodka bottles, an inconsiderate husband and a reckless teenage daughter. Directed by Taras Tkachenko, the film was released in November 2016 in Ukraine and was awarded as the best Ukrainian film at the Odesa Film Festival, already the summer before its premiere.

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A film which divides Poles and Ukrainians

wolynThis piece originally appeared in Issue 1/2017 of New Eastern Europe. Subscribe now.

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Snapshots of Central Asia

postcards from stanland

This piece originally appeared in Issue 6/2016 of New Eastern Europe. Subscribe now.

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Holiday Inn Sarajevo

41VFJKZ2lrL. SX352 BO1204203200 A review of Sarajevo’s Holiday Inn on the Frontline of Politics and War by Kenneth Morrison, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

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