On September 10, 2011, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute conducted a seminar at the Ukrainian House national center in Kyiv to train teachers on the use of Pain of Memory, a new multimedia kit designed for educators in Ukraine. Pain of Memory is a comprehensive kit designed to enhance the educational experience of the exhibition “Shoah by Bullets: Mass Shootings of Jews in Ukraine 1941-1944”. Presented by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in partnership with Mémorial de la Shoah, Yahad-In Unum, and the Ukrainian Embassies of Israel, France, Germany, and the United States, the exhibition is based on the work of Yahad-In Unum and its President, Father Patrick Desbois. Yahad-In Unum conducts research and documentation of mass shootings that took place in Ukraine, Belarus, and Poland.
The seminar was part of a program undertaken by the Institute in partnership with the Ukrainian Center of Holocaust Studies; the partners plan to conduct additional training seminars in each city in Ukraine where the exhibition will be shown. Teachers who attend seminars will learn from leading researchers and training specialists, and each attendee will help evaluate the kit by submitting a report on its use in his or her classroom. The training program is supported by the Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Ukraine. more