Remembering that saves lives. Projects of the Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" in Ukraine before and during the war
In my lecture, I will present the results of various historical and social projects carried out in Ukraine in 2012-2021 with the support of the EVZ Foundation. These projects focused on the issues of forced labor under National Socialism and the "Forgotten Victims" of National Socialism - Soviet prisoners of war and patients in psychiatric hospitals. In the second half of my presentation, I will describe how the social network of various contacts created within the framework of these research and public projects helped to find former victims of National Socialism during the Russian aggression against Ukraine and to provide them with assistance from the EVZ.
Dr. Tetiana Pastushenko is research associate at the Institute on the History of Ukraine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. For more than 30 years she has been researching the history of World War II, in particular the fates of Soviet prisoners of war and forced laborers, prisoners of Nazi concentration camps and victims of Stalinist repressions. She is the author of several books on forced labor and forced laborers in and after World War II. She has also accompanied and organized several international projects, including topics as contemporary witness documentation on the history of slave and forced labor in nazi Germany and the settlement of Repatriates in Kiev Prohibited. Dr. Tetiana Pastushenko received her PhD in 2007 on the topic: “The Eastern Workers from Ukraine: Deportation, Forced Labor, Repatriation”.