Jews and Ukraine: It's Complicated

Jews and Ukraine: It’s Complicated

Jews have a long and rich history in Ukraine going back more than a millennium. It was once one of Europe’s largest Jewish communities, and has had a major influence on the development of Ashkenazi Jewish culture. But Ukraine is also the site of some of the most brutal scenes of anti-Jewish violence in history.

As Russian forces rolled across the Ukrainian border in February 2022, much of the world rallied to support a beleaguered country facing a brutal invasion from its much larger neighbor. Yet for many Jews, the Ukraine crisis prompted a more complex reaction. 

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