My Ukraine – Women’s Memory & Identity - Photos


17 December 2014 - As Ukraine continues to struggle for the right to shape its 21st-century identity, many people, especially WOMEN are reexamining their family roots as a reminder of who they are today. RFE/RL correspondent Daisy Sindelar recently traveled to six Ukrainian cities -- Kyiv, Lviv, Uzhhorod, Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk, and Kharkiv -- to talk to people about their old family photographs. Multiple Ukrainian women’s and girls’ photos are posted at the above website link.



A number of Ukrainians who participated in the project kept detailed family records and had carefully preserved hundreds of photographs. Alla Husarova, a Kyiv-based journalist, traces much of her family history back to the village of Bilky in the Vinnitsya region. Her grandmother, Lesia Babukha (bottom left), pictured here as a schoolgirl, spent her entire life in Bilky.




Several factors can contribute to a Ukrainian's sense of identity. Natalia Zubchenko, an anesthiologist working in Dnipropetrovsk's front-line evacuation hospital, says she owes much to being raised in a family of strong women, many of them doctors, in a city with a character that is neither "east nor west." Zubchenko says Dnipropetrovsk is a "very specific" city responsible for producing a number of prominent Ukrainian politicians -- Yulia Tymoshenko among them. This picture is of Zubchenko's grandmother Nina Holovakha (at left, with her mother and sister).