ICWV News Monitor 2023

Kyiv to name street for Ukrainian Nazi collaborator after public vote

The Kyiv City Council may be set to name a street after a Nazi collaborator and SS official, the director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, Eduard Dolinsky has reported.

According to Dolinsky, a street in the Ukrainian capital will be renamed following a motion passed by the city council, and will bear the name of Volodymyr Kubiyovych, who during the Holocaust was heavily involved in the formation of the Waffen-SS Galizien, a Nazi military force made up of Ukrainian volunteers.

Speaking to The Jerusalem Post, Dolinsky explained that a historical expert commission within the Kyiv City Council had put forward several options for the renaming of what is currently Przhevalsky Street in Kyiv.

Read more @ Jerusalem Post

Volodymyr Kubijovyč and Hans Frank with the Ukrainian harvest festival delegation. Wawel, German Occupied Poland, 1943. (photo credit: Wikimedia Common

After unmuting her hidden Jewish roots, Polish singer amplifies them in Yiddish punk

Polish singer-songwriter Maria Ka is focused on the present and future as she forges a new idiosyncratic global Jewish music scene — in millennium-old Yiddish.

Influenced by psychedelic rock, punk and artists such as Björk, The Dead Weather and The Kills, Ka has stepped firmly away from the Klezmer scene of yore.

“I was attracted to Yiddish because of some irrational feeling. I just felt that this was the language for me,” Ka told The Times of Israel.

In the grand tradition of punk anti-establishment, her fourth and latest album, Der Hemshekh (The Continuation), highlights the biographies of “invisible women” who were erased from the mainstream historical record. Five of the 10 songs are original compositions. The album drops on April 20, to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

Read more @ Times of Israel