|The Information And Analytical Edition
Of The Jewish Confederation Of Ukraine
LOOK FROM ASIDE
SCIENCE AND CULTURE
In Brief ...
Synagogue means everything to us. The Soviet power valued buildings of good quality, though the very word "synagogue" evoked its aversion. We ourselves, let's be candid, were ashamed of it. We had not a slightest idea this warehouse packed with bags, boxes and cans had previously been a synagogue. The same goes with a garment artel in Azerbaijani Kuba, storehouses of diverse rubbish in Lvov and Voronezh, philharmonic society in Vinnitsa (not for nothing did Lifshits' synagogue have wonderful acoustics). To say nothing about a famous Brodsky's choral synagogue in Kiev: for many decades a pretty good puppet theatre had been staging Russian and Ukrainian folk tales in it.
For already ten years after acquiring its independence Ukraine is building a state to function in accordance with law. In this respect a particular significance is attached to regulating a legal status of national minorities. At the same time implementation of a law reform, creation and introduction of democratic grounds of ethnic national policy may lean for support not only upon government structures, but also upon creativity of scientific circles. That's why the book "Anti - Semitism against Ukraine" by Rudolf Mirsky and Alexander Naiman is rather topical and timely.