RESE-ARCH INSTITUTE FOR THE HOLO-CAUST IN EASTERN EUROPE
One of the branches of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center is the Ukrainian Institute for the Study of Holocaust
and its consequences in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. The Institute conducts and supports historical and
interdisciplinary research in Ukraine and the world, and is engaged in the promotion and popularization of such
The Institute will perform extensive and diverse activity. The Institute will deal with such issues as the roots of
Nazi ideology, the events that brought the Nazis to the power, the occupation of Ukraine and the Eastern Europe
during World War II, regional "features" of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe, the genocide of Roma, repressive
measures of the Nazi regime and their allies on the occupied territory against civilians and prisoners, resistance
movement in the occupied regions, the rescue of Jews by the local non-Jewish population, the survival strategies
used by Jews during the Holocaust, and the local response to the genocide of Jews.
The institute will also create a digital archive, will develop projects of oral history, publish research
literature, hold various scientific and educational events, thematic exhibitions.
The most complete and accurate list of those killed at Babyn Yar, finding names of victims that were until
now unknown, and trying to reconstruct their biographies.
The most complete online archive of oral histories about the Holocaust, which will be available for the
first time in Ukraine.
Andriy Rukkas (born 1973 in Kyiv, Ukraine) is a well-known Ukrainian historian with particular interest
in military history of Poland and Ukraine, Polish-Ukrainian military cooperation of 1920, Ukrainian
military emigration to Poland during the interwar years, World War II, history of the Holocaust in
Eastern Europe. He received a PhD in History from the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University in 1998
with a thesis about the Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939.
Andriy Rukkas has authored more than a 100 academic and popular works in Ukrainian, Polish, Lithuanian,
Estonian and American editions. He has also authored series of courses on the history of the Holocaust
and the history of genocides. Since 2016, he has been organizing annual Summer schools for scholars in
He also did internships at leading universities and academic centers of North America and Europe:
University of Warsaw, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Klaipeda University, Leipzig University,
Kenann Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
«Разом з Польським Військом: Армія Української Народної Республіки 1920 р.» (Ніжин, 2013; Київ,
змінене і доповнене видання у польському перекладі «Razem z Wojskiem Polskim: Armia Ukraińskiej
Republiki Ludiwej 1920 r.» (Варшава, 2020)
«Polska – Ukraina 1920» (у співавторстві; Варшава, 2018)
«Історія Українського війська» (у співавторстві; Харків, 2016).
HEAD OF THE PROJECT
Gelinada Grinchenko (born 1971 in Kharkiv, Ukraine) is the Head of Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center’s
oral history project "Voices", PhD in hiistory, professor at the Department of Ukrainian Studies of
Vasyl Karazin Kharkiv National University and chairs the Ukrainian Oral History Association. Her field
of interest and research includes oral history, remembrance policy, the Holocaust, Nazi persecutions and
forced labor during World War II. She authored 2 monographs and circa 120 academic articles, more than
20 collections of scientific articles, edited and co-edited.
Reclaiming the Personal: Oral History in Post-Socialist Europe, ed. by N. Khanenko-Friesen and G.
Grinchenko (University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division, 2015), 344 p.
Traitors, Collaborators, and Deserters in Contemporary European Politics of Memory: Formulas of
Betrayal, ed. by G. Grinchenko and E. Narvselius (Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies, 2018), 422 p.
HEAD OF THE PROJECT
Oleksander Kruglov (born 1950 in Kharkiv, Ukraine) is a famous Ukrainian historian, Doctor of Philosophy
and one of the most renowned Ukrainian experts in Holocaust studies. He was among the founders of
academic Holocaust studies in Ukraine in 1980s. He earned a PhD from the Maxim Gorky Kharkiv State
University in 1989 with a thesis titled "Racism as a Social Phenomenon".
He is the author of more than 770 academic publications on the history of the Holocaust, including 19
monographs and collections of documents, including 217 articles in Kholokost na territorii SSSR.
Entsyklopedia [Holocaust in the USSR. Encyclopedia] (Moscow, 2009) and 488 articles in the Encyclopedia
of Camps and Ghettos, 1933–1945, vols. II, III (Indiana University Press: Bloomington and Indianapolis
«Трагедия Бабьего Яра в немецких документах» (Днепропетровск: Ткума, 2011)
«Истребление евреев Одессы в 1941-1943 гг.» (Днепропетровск: Институт «Ткума», 2014)
«Сборник документов и материалов об уничтожении нацистами евреев Украины в 1941-1944 годах» (Киев:
Институт иудаики, 2002)
«Потери евреев Украины в 1941 – 1944 гг.» (Харьков: Тарбут Лаам, 2005)
«Катастрофа украинского еврейства. Энциклопедический справочник» (Харьков: Каравелла, 2001).
PROJECT COORDINATOR / RESEARCH FELLOW
Volodymyr Shevchenko (born 1993 in Dobrovelychkivka, Ukraine) is a Research Fellow at the Babyn Yar
Holocaust Memorial Center. He is a postgraduate student at the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National
University’s Faculty of History. His field of interest and research includes Central and Eastern Europe
during the interwar years, the history of intelligence services, Ukrainian War of Independence, the
history of totalitarian regimes.
PROJECT COORDINATOR / RESEARCH FELLOW
Serhiy Hummeniy (born 1994 in Skala-Podilska, Ukraine) is a Research Fellow at the Babyn Yar Holocaust
Memorial Center. He is a postgraduate student at the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University’s Faculty
of History. Multiple winner of national and international competitions in history, and author of more
than 30 articles in Ukrainian and Polish. His field of interest and research includes Ukrainian-Polish
relations in the late 19th century and during the first half of the 20th century, the studies of the
Soviet-Polish border in 1918-1939, and the history of European Jewry.
PROJECT HEAD / RESEARCH FELLOW
Oksana Sichova (born 1978 in Chyhyryn, Ukraine) is a Research Fellow at the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial
Center. She is also a Research Fellow at the Institute of Archival Studies of the Volodymyr Vernadsky
National Library of Ukraine. Her field of interest and research includes the theory of formation of
archival funds, applied issues of functioning of scientific archives, construction of document and
communication systems, history.