Scholars Issue Public Letter on Ukrainian Holocaust Revisionist Participation in 9-11 March 2017 Paris Conference



The following open Letter of Concern appears on the page of Professor Tarik Cyril Amar and others.

To the Organizers of the Symposium “The Holocaust in Ukraine. New Perspectives on the Evils of the 20th Century,” Paris, March 9-11, 2017:


We are concerned about the fact that Volodymyr Viatrovych, Director of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, will be speaking at the symposium “The Holocaust in Ukraine. New Perspectives on the Evils of the 20th Century” on March 9-11, 2017. It is well documented that his publications do not correspond to international academic standards and serve to support a nationalist agenda. 

He was also instrumental in the drafting of laws which have been widely criticized in the international academic community for their clear potential to stifle open debate about the history of Ukrainian nationalism, especially during World War Two.  We understand the need for controversial and free discussion, but we also think that inviting Volodymyr Viatrovych to speak on this topic at your conference in effect risks normalizing and legitimizing politicized attempts to downplay the antisemitic ideas and actions of World War Two Ukrainian nationalists.


Nous avons des concernes du fait que Volodymyr Viatrovych, le directeur de l’Institute de la mémoire nationale Ukrainienne, parlera au symposium « The Holocaust in Ukraine: New Perspectives on the Evils of the 20th Century, » qui aura lieu le 9 à 11 Mars, 2017. C’est bien documenté que ses publications ne correspondent pas aux critères académiques internationaux et sont au service d’un programme nationaliste.

Il a joué un rôle clef dans la création des lois qui ont été critiquées sévèrement dans la communauté académique internationale pour leur fort potentiel à asphyxier un débat libre sur l’histoire du nationalisme Ukrainien, surtout de l’époque de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Nous comprenons le besoin d’une discussion ouverte et controversée, mais nous croyons que l’invitation de Volodymyr Viatrovych à parler sur ce sujet à votre conférence risquera, en effet, de normaliser et légitimer des tentatives politisées de minimiser l’importance des idées et actions antisémites des nationalistes Ukrainiens de la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

Felix Ackermann, German Historical Institute, Warsaw

Tarik Cyril Amar, Associate Professor, Department of History, Columbia University

Volodymyr Artiukh, PhD Candidate, Central European University, Budapest

Omer Bartov, John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History, Department of History

Delphine Bechtel, Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), UFR d’Etudes germaniques et Nordiques et CIRCE – Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherches Centre-Européennes

Elissa Bemporad, Jerry and William Ungar Chair in East European Jewish History and the Holocaust, Associate Professor, Department of History, Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center

Waitman Wade Beorn, PhD Lecturer, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia

Jeffrey Burds, Associate Professor of History, Northeastern University

Johan Dietsch, Lund University, Sweden

Rossen Djagalov, Assistant Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, NYU

Elżbieta Janicka, Institut of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences

Annie Epelboin, Université Paris VIII

Olga Linkiewicz, Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History, Warsaw

Christian Ganzer, PhD Candidate, Leipzig University

J. Arch Getty, Distinguished Research Professor of Russian History, UCLA

Jan Grabowski, Professor/Professeur titulaire, Department of History/Département d’histoire, University of Ottawa/Université d’Ottawa

Jan T. Gross, Norman B. Tomlinson ’16 and ’48 Professor of War and Society, Professor of History, Princeton University

Jared McBride, Lecturer, History Department, UCLA

Mykhailo Minakov, D. Habil., Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Editor-in-chief, Ideology and Politics Journal, President, Foundation for Good Politics/Eastern European Analytical Group

Andriy Movchan, Journalist, Ukraine

Marla Raucher Osborn, Lawyer

Constantine Pleshakov, PhD

Dr. Alexander Prusin, Professor of History, Humanities Department, New Mexico Tech

David Alan Rich, Lecturer and Visiting Researcher, Catholic University of America

Brandon M. Schechter, Elihu Rose Scholar in Modern Military History, History Department, New York University

Helene Sinnreich, Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Associate Professor  in Judaic Studies, University of Tennessee at Knoxville 

Richard Steigmann-Gall, PhD, Associate Professor of History, Director of Jewish Studies, 2004-2010, Kent State University

Per Anders Rudling, Associate Professor, Lund University, Senior Visiting Fellow, National University of Singapore

Charles Urjewicz, Professeur émérite à lNALCO

Rakefet Zalashik, Edinburgh University

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