Olha Martyniuk, M.A.
PhD Candidate in History (associated, Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, DAAD)
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„Red Army Soldiers: Representations and Perceptions in Ukraine since 1991“, funded by the DAAD
Since Ukraine's independence in 1991, the question has arisen of how the history of the Second World War could be reinterpreted and integrated into a larger overall narrative of Ukraine. The causes of intra-Ukrainian conflicts in dealing with the Second World War history lie partly in the history of Ukraine itself, but also partly in relations with Russia, from which Ukraine wishes to distance itself politically, economically and historically. The project analyses the Ukrainian memory culture from 1991 to 2021 of the soldiers of the Red Army who took part in combat operations of the Second World War. The research project takes a shift in perspective to practice at the local level and analyses the key actors in the representation and perception of Red Army soldiers after 1991, namely local authorities, local initiatives and cultural institutions (museums, memorials). Among the analysed forms of remembrance of the Second World War and the Red Army soldiers, the project distinguishes museum exhibitions, monuments, street names, commemorative rituals of special events.
Olha Martyniuk is a PhD student at the University of Regensburg and a DAAD scholarship holder at the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) Regensburg since October 2020, where she has been working on her dissertation titled “Red Army Soldiers: Representations and Perceptions in Ukraine since 1991”. She received a Master's degree in German and European Studies at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena in 2017 and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in 2015. Her research interests are in the history of the 20th and 21st centuries with a special interest in politics of memory and the history of the Second World War with its outcomes in Central and Eastern European countries.
Guido Hausmann, Olha Martyniuk: Geschichtspolitik unter der Präsidentschaft von Wolodymyr Selenskyj. In: Ukraine-Analysen 234 (2020), pp. 7-10.back