|The Information And Analytical Edition
Of The Jewish Confederation Of Ukraine
SCIENCE AND CULTURE
In Brief ...
I am writing about the book "We were the only ones who survived" by Boris Zabarko with tears in my eyes. Because me, Ernest (Ari) Galpert, and my wife Tilda (her maiden name was Akkerman) were those "who survived". Both of us are Transcarpathian natives, were born in Mukachevo and lived there till March 1944, till the beginning of the Holocaust.
Philosopher S.Averintsev's article is the introduction to the current issue of the feature and publicistic almanac of the Institute of Jewish Studies. It is about the persecution of believers in the USSR. The prose section includes reminiscences (forbidden in Soviet times) of G.Snegiryov "Autoportrait 66", a story by I.Lesovaya, a Jerusalem essay by T.Akhtman, "The swan song" by G.Aronov and anecdotes on the Chernobyl nuclear power station disaster edited by the famous producer B.Zholdak.
Events, the importance of which is difficult to overestimate, are happening in modern Jewish studies. The publication of the book "I didn't want to be a Jew" was one of such events. It is a translation of reminiscences of Uray Spitzer, a famous social and cultural figure of postwar Slovakia.
The shtetl's unique world, including culture, way of life, architecture and arts, has been under study for several years in the CIS already. The most important trend in this study is to collect memories of those who still remember a Jewish town of the last century. One of such memories or evidence is given in the book of the journalist Boris Khandros. The book is called "A town that does not exist any more".