TELLING UKRAINIAN STORIES IN THE NINTH YEAR OF WAR
OLESYA KHROMEYCHUK IN CONVERSATION WITH KATHERINE YOUNGER
SAMSTAG, 1.10. 2022 / 14h00
AKADEMIE DER BILDENDEN KÜNSTE WIEN, AULA
The families and friends of the thousands of Ukrainian soldiers killed since 2014 know all too well that the world did not change overnight on 24 February 2022 – what changed was whether anyone was paying attention. The scale of this latest Russian assault meant that Ukrainians who had spent years working to challenge the Ukraine-shaped void on people's mental maps were suddenly being told that the fate of the whole world depends on the course of the war. In her book The Death of a Soldier Told by His Sister, historian and writer OLESYA KHROMEYCHUK recounts the story of her brother Volodya, killed in action in the Donbas in 2017, and reflects on the war Russia has been waging against Ukraine since 2014. She speaks with IWM Permanent Fellow KATHERINE YOUNGER about the personal, national, and global impacts of Russian aggression and what it means to bear the costs of war.
/ In English
Olesya Khromeychuk is a historian and writer. She has taught the history of East-Central Europe at the University of Cambridge, University College London, the University of East Anglia and King’s College London, and written for the New York Review of Books, Der Spiegel, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and openDemocracy. Khromeychuk is the author of The Death of a Soldier Told by His Sister (2022) and “Undetermined" Ukrainians. Post-War Narratives of the Waffen SS "Galicia" Division (2013). She is currently the Director of the Ukrainian Institute London.