Managing Memory in Post-Soviet Ukraine: ‘Victory Day’ or ‘Remembrance Day’

  • Roman Serbyn
Part of the Studies in Central and Eastern Europe book series (SCEE)


This chapter examines the origins and significance of three holidays — ‘Liberation Day’, ‘Victory Day,’ and the ‘Day to Remember the Perished’ — introduced at various times in Soviet and post-Soviet Ukraine to commemorate the German-Soviet war of 1941–45. Under Brezhnev, while the institutionalized collective memory of the ‘Great Fatherland War’ became the main integrating myth of the Soviet Union, ‘Victory Day’, which embodied it, developed into the most popular holiday. The ‘Great Fatherland War’ and ‘Victory Day’ today divide independent Ukraine, as a growing number of people reject the old Soviet war myths and demand that the Soviet style ‘Victory Day’ be changed into a European style ‘Remembrance Day.’


Communist Party Soviet Socialist Republic National Holiday Soviet Citizen Soviet People 
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