Clare Hollingworth was the first UK journalist to report on the beginning of the Second World War. According to The Independent, she is 104 now and lives in Hong Kong.
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The Museum of Poles Saving Jews during WWII Named after the Ulma Family from Markowa has opened in Poland. It is situated in the village of Markowa, Podkarpackie Province. According to Radio Poland, the Ulma family lived there; Nazis murdered them for hiding Jews.
During the Second World War, Nazis kept African-Americans and Jews, who were citizens of the USA or Latin American countries, in a medieval castle situated in the town of Tittmoning, Bavaria. According to The New York Times, there was a POW and internment camp. The prisoners found consolation in sketches, particularly those drawn by Max Brandel, a Jewish artist from Poland.
People keen on books and history have been gathering at the office of the ‘Terrtory of Terror’ museum since February. They read books on totalitarian regimes, human rights, the influence of ideology and propaganda on personality etc. within ‘The Book Club’ project. At the first meetings, the participants have been talking over ‘War’s Unwomanly Face’, a documentary book by Svitlana Alexievich, who was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature. Anybody may join our discussions.
Refugees from Syria and Iraq conduct native-language guided tours for other refugees at Berlin’s museums. According to The Guardian, those 19 people have been trained as museum guides within the project named ‘Multaqa’. This is an Arabic word which means ‘meeting point’. The project aims to help the people who have recently arrived to Germany realize and foster connections between their own cultural heritage and Germany’s.
Poland plans to decommunize about 1500 names of streets, squares, roads, and bridges. According to Radio Poland, the Local Government and State Administration Committee and the Legislation Committee of the Polish Senate decided to continue to work on the bill.
A column of teenagers holding flags stopped right across Hnatyuka Street. Cars are rushing at their side. The adolescents wait a little, and then, they head to the Monument to Taras Shevchenko, completely ignoring the rules of the road. They are smiling and taking pictures of each other. However, the reason why the students of the Lviv College of Light Industry are here is sorrowful. A public prayer for the Heavenly Hundred Heroes and a mass-meeting are about to start. The students are waiting for another larger procession to arrive...
In this country, instead of air-conditioners, museums often use ‘badgirs’, traditional architectural elements which create ventilation; the entrance fees are eight times more expensive for foreigners than for the locals; armed men can watch you during an excursion; and it is the year 1394 here, according to the calendar. Nadiya Vyshenska, an assistant of the Oriental Studies Departmend named after Ivan Dashkevych at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, talked on these and other peculiarities of museums situated in the Islamic Republic of Iran. She gave a lecture ‘Museums of Tehran, Esfahan, and Mashhad in the Eyes of a Ukrainian Woman’ at the Lviv Museum of the History of Religion on February 18.
In Poland, use of phrase ‘Polish death camps’ in reference to the Nazi concentration camps which functioned on the country’s territory may become legally prohibited, according to Reuters. In the future, one might even go on trial for it. The Ministry of Justice has designed the bill.
A Public Interview with Former Political Prisoners Took Place in the University of Veterinary Medicine
The opening of the ‘Personality vs. Totalitarianism’ exhibition was carried out in the Lviv National Stepan Gzhytsky University of Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnology on February 11. Therefore, Stepan Horechyi and Hanna Ivanytska, former political prisoners, visited the students.
Norwood Thomas, a 93-year-old U.S. veteran, finally hugged his girlfriend Joyce on February 10 after more than 70 years apart. In order to meet with her, he had flown from the state of Virginia (the USA) to the city of Adelaide (Australia), according to Mail Online.
In Ukraine, decommunization continues. According to the information department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the parliament adopted the Resolution ‘On renaming some inhabited localities and districts’ on February 4. It gave new names to 175 districts, towns and villages.
The Death Railroad Museum has opened in Myanmar (Burma). It is dedicated to the railway from Thailand to Burma built by the order of Japanese army to provide supplies for it during the Second World War. According to The Telegraph, around 13,000 Allied POWs and 100,000 local workers died during the construction.
The remains of 511 prisoners of the Transit Prison #25, which had functioned on Poltvyana Street (now 45 Chornovola Avenue) in Lviv in 1944–1955, were reburied during a ceremony on the field of honorable burials #76 on February 3. Clergymen of various Christian confessions carried out the burial service. Dozens of people attended the ceremony, including social activists, former political prisoners, and the authorities of the city and region.