There is much that ordinary Ukrainians do not know about Jews and that ordinary Jews do not know about Ukrainians. As a result, those Jews and Ukrainians who may care about their respective ancestral heritages usually view each other through distorted stereotypes, misperceptions, and biases. This book sheds new light on highly controversial moments of Ukrainian-Jewish relations and argues that the historical experience in Ukraine not only divided ethnic Ukrainians and Jews but also brought them together.
The story of Jews and Ukrainians is presented in an impartial manner through twelve thematic chapters. Among the themes discussed are geography, history, economic life, traditional culture, religion, language and publications, literature and theater, architecture and art, music, the diaspora, and contemporary Ukraine. The book’s easy-to-read narrative is enhanced by 335 full-color illustrations, 29 maps, and several text inserts that explain specific phenomena or address controversial issues. Jews and Ukrainians provides a wealth of information for anyone interested in learning more about the fascinating land of Ukraine and two of its most historically significant peoples.
‘This brave book gives readers the knowledge that they need to open their minds, to move forward, and to gain respect and appreciation for the other.’
‘Everything about this book is beautiful and it is a welcome addition to any library and especially so for Jewish libraries.’
‘Jews and Ukrainians holds a wealth of knowledge that transcends academic writing to engage the audience.’
‘This book is an experiment and is largely successful – against all odds… Magocsi and Petrovsy-Shtern deserve praise for their courage and daring in writing this work and touching upon controversial and unpleasant issues.’
‘It is a most important work of scholarly acumen, clarity, and sensitivity, at once compelling, enlightening, and most timely.’