Welcome to the July 2012 newsletter!
A New Itinerary: Focus on Life, not Death
On July 7th 2012, New Eastern Europe and the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow, along with the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, hosted a discussion titled, “A New Itinerary: A panel discussion on Jewish Heritage Tours to Poland”. Panellists included Shana Penn, Executive Director of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, and Helise E. Lieberman, Director of the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland amongst others. You can read about the panel discussion here.
July/Septemer 2012: New Europe Old Problems
The summer 2012 issue of New Eastern Europe takes a closer look at the political and cultural developments taking place in the region and highlights the fact that even though we are in the 21st century, many of the problems these countries faced over 20 years ago before the collapse of the Soviet Union are still present today.
BBC investigative journalist, John Sweeney, reports on his recent trip to eastern Ukraine. Polish expert, Grzegorz Gromadzki analyses Russia’s power system under Putin in comparison to previous regimes, while British researcher and writer, Kelly Hignett, provides a picture of the Cold War style diplomatic-espionage games that are taking place between the United Kingdom and Russia today. And Yegor Vasylyev puts Viktor Yanukovych under the microscope with his analysis of the Ukrainian president.
In addition, Belarusian journalist, Katerina Barushka, tells the story of the 2011 Minsk metro attack, Paweł Kowal, a member of the European Parliament, advocates for a new approach toward Belarus, and Adam Bodnar and Irmina Pacho from the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in Warsaw provide their perspective on Poland’s participation with the American CIA in the imprisonment of terror suspects on Polish soil. Interviews with historian, Timothy Garton Ash, and Tad Taube, of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, as well as cultural texts on Bruno Schulz, feminism in Poland, cross-border arts programmes, wrap up the issue along with reviews of the latest books and films from or about the region.
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