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Alex Bayer at Sacred Gathering – Ukrainian Nationalism
Thursday, August 18, 2022 @3:00pm-4:00pm
Alex Bayer, Economist, Scholar, Author, and Husband, returns to lead a discussion on Ukrainain Nationalism.
We often hear from Jewish people about Ukrainian antisemitism. Some have experienced it first-hand, others have heard about it from their grandparents who escaped antisemitism in areas which are now Ukraine.
Ukrainians also had notoriously bad relations with Poles and there were frequent bloody clashes between Ukrainians and Poles sharing the same land.
Like most other parts of Central Europe, Ukraine is a patchwork of different groups. Since 1945 considerable ethnic cleansing has taken place everywhere, but unlike Poland, Hungary and other places, which became predominantly Polish, Hungarian, etc. there are still many groups living in Ukraine. Whether or not they would have been discriminated against had Ukraine been at peace and completely secure we don’t know. But the threat of Russian aggression — and the desire to be part of the West and now the need to get Western support — is putting Ukraine on the road to become a modern, inclusive democracy. It may not be there yet, but it is certainly moving in that direction.