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    Before the Second World War, Śniatyń was a multi-ethnic town in eastern Poland. Ukrainians, Jews, Poles and Armenians lived there side by side. … Read More
    Before the Second World War, Śniatyń was a multi-ethnic town in eastern Poland. Ukrainians, Jews, Poles and Armenians lived there side by side. During the war, the Jewish community was almost completely exterminated. After 1945, the town became a part of the Soviet Union. Most of the Poles were repatriated. Today only a very few witnesses of the past are still alive. Read Less
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This project looks at the continuities and discontinuities in narratives about the past of the western Ukrainian town of Sniatyn. It will focus on different ways, or indeed paths, in which representatives of different ethnic groups, living both in the town and elsewhere, see Sniatyn before it was marred by the Holocaust and deportations. We will explore how Ukrainians, Jews, and Poles created respective images of pre-war Sniatyn and how recent changes there can bring these different paths together. This project will focus on studying individual experiences, both those lived through personally and handed on in families and those that make up part of the narratives about the towns past as portrayed by public institutions. We will look at the impact of pilgrimages, visits of people with roots in Sniatyn as well as international initiatives and how under their influence the cultural memory of town is changing. Museums will be key institutions both for research and the later presentation of the projects results.