Browary - history and stories
The search for a solidarity partnership in times of war has led the cities of Erlangen and Jena to Browary near Kiev.
The experience of the present could not be more different for the two places: While people in Erlangen are only indirectly affected by the war in Ukraine, for example by increased gas prices or the arrival of refugees, people in Browary are still struggling with the shelling of critical infrastructure by the Russian attackers. Electricity fails regularly, and the staff of the Browary Local History Museum has also been unable to respond to questions.
The following text is therefore only preliminary and is based on information I was able to gather in Germany, including with the help of my colleague who fled Kharkiv, Vadym Zolotaryov, and my colleague who also fled Kharkiv, Maria Parkhomenko. The focus of the text is on the history of violence in the 20th century, which goes hand in hand with a special responsibility to remember.
PD Dr. Moritz Florin
Department of History
Chair of Modern and Contemporary History with a focus on the history of Eastern Europe