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"Documentation of war experiences and the future": a discussion on the impact of documented war experiences will be held as part of the "Forum of Oral History of Ukraine"


There is less than a week left until the first offline meeting of Ukrainian and global documentation initiatives – The Forum of Oral History of Ukraine. The event, which is an initiative of the Museum of Civilian Voices of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, will take place in Kyiv on October 10, 2023.

As part of the program, three panel discussions are planned on various aspects of documenting the war in Ukraine. The topic of one of the discussions is "Documentation of war experiences and the future."

The speakers of the discussion will be:

— Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywinski - historian, social activist, Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and president of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation (Poland);
— Oleksandra Matviichuk - human rights defender, Head of Center for Civil Liberties;
— Solomiya Borshosh — expert in the strategic planning, evaluation and good governance, Executive Director of Ukrainian Institute;
— Nataliya Mykolska - technology entrepreneur, lawyer, founder of the SheExports platform and the Trade+ Center at the Kyiv School of Economics, founder of the Dattalion project, which collects evidence of crimes committed by the Russian military on the territory of Ukraine.

The discussion will be moderated by Anastasiia Platonova, cultural critic, editor, cultural analyst, former culture editor at Forbes Ukraine.

The panelists will discuss various aspects and areas in which the documented experiences of the war can be useful: from achieving post-war justice to communications and advocacy of Ukraine at the international level. And they will also talk about how these testimonies about war experiences can influence the creation of future memory policies and the development of a culture of remembering this war.

The event is an initiative of the Museum of Civilian Voices of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, which documents firsthand testimonies of civilians about the war and has already collected more than 85,000 testimonies.

The Forum will be held in partnership with the USC Shoah Foundation and the Oral History Association, with the support of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University (Lublin).

Participation in the Forum is free and possible with prior registration and confirmation from the hosts. Registration is available at and is open until October 8, 2023.

For press accreditation issues, please contact Olha Nosyk at [email protected].

For registration and additional questions, contact Volodymyr Kapustin at [email protected].

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