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Taras Voznyak (Editor-in-Chief)
Andrij Pavlyshyn
Sofia Onufriv (Issue Editor)
Walter Mossmann (Issue Editor)
Yurij Babik
Andrij Kyrchiw
Walter Kaufmann
Stanislaw Stepien

The Independent cultural journal “JI”
Issue No.20 / 2001
Ukraine - EU. Border 2000 + ?

This issue is published in co-operation with Heinrich-Boell-Fund (Berlin)

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Talks About Borders III

First, since 1989 - common partnership among Freiburg im Breisgau (Western Germany at that time) and Lviv (the USSR at that time), later, during the 90eth, after the Iron Curtain has fall down - incredibly active cultural exchange between two cities - discussions, shock, curiosity, wonder, but nevertheless fruitful and thankful co-operation, and, finally - the project “Talks About Borders” to which the meeting of two European borderlands - German-French on Upper Rhein and Polish-Ukrainian on San and Bug - became a motto. Two first meetings in Freiburg and Lviv were organized by the surround of Ukrainian cultural magazine “Ji” and “Ost-West” Society from Freiburg supported by Heinrich Boell Foundation and Freiburg City Council. The materials discussed on those two conferences have been published in two issues of “Ji” magazine on two languages.

At the end of 90eth the accents were moved from the common meeting of Eastern and Western regions towards central and marginal regions, the region almost completely integrated and region divided into two parts, this time by the new EU border. That is the reason why actual problems of the EU enlargement became the essence of our work on the next theme of the “Third Talks About Borders”: “Ukraine, Poland and the EU Enlargement” which would take place in Lviv on May 22-25, 2001. On this occasion we prepared the four-lingual issue containing the part of the materials from the previous conferences as a subject for further discussion. The short story by Mykola Ryabchuk “Beyond the Fence of Metternich’s Garden” and “Talks With Yurko”, where the German citizen of 1968th generation and young Ukrainian nationalist are trying to find common language, are supposed to be a preface to this edition. The result could be found in Ryabchuk’s piece: it seems that its Eastern part remains the ”deserted shore of Bohemia” for Europe; it is unknown and hence applicable for various projections, it is well-known habit, as the German descriptions of Poles in 19th century show it (August von Platten, Heinrich Heine).

Stanislaw Stepien, Anna Rogowska, Tadeusz Andrzej Olszanski and Klauss Bachmann discuss the problem of the past and future of the Polish-Ukrainian Border statute from the Polish point of view, the poem by Adam Zagajewski describes Lviv as an embodiment of “lost Eastern territories”, and there is a portrait of Jerzy Giedroyc (1906-2000)on the cover of the issue, a man, who was a personality and mediator for the both sides of the border.

Already in 1946 being on emigration Jerzy Giedroyc started the Polish-Ukrainian dialogue and prepared the Eastern Polish policy by that.

Anna Veronika Wendland from Leipzig writes about the famous Ukrainian person of 20eth century, equally respected by both Poles and Ukrainians - Metropolite of Greek Catholic Church Andrey Sheptytskyj. Oles Pohranychnyj from Drohobych describes absurdal yet quite common realities of the former Soviet borders, which were unknown on the Westbecause our glance stuck into the monstrous Berlin Wall. Lviv historian Andriy Pavlyshyn discusses the prospects of mutual understanding on the border.

The representative of Western European borderland, journalist Wolfgang Heidenreich writes about the contradictions between cultural and political aspects of cross-border regionalism (My Allemagnia), and Jean-Jaques Rettig from Elsass depicts the dramatic events of 70eth, when the European ecological movement started to act in Upper Rhein. Those texts are illustrated by the stories of Jogann Peter Haebel and by the poetry of Elsass poets in three local languages: Hans Arp in French, Ivan Gaulles in German and Andre Weckmann in Elsass. Lvover linguist Emilia Ogar proves in her article “To the Question of Modern Language Situation in Ukraine” that the problem of multilinguality in Ukraine is incomparative to that in Elsass. Finally the article by Taras Vozniak “Ukraine - the Decade Summary” is dedicated to modern Ukraine which still remains a Great Unknown for the Western supervisor.

Walter Mossmann


  • Adam Zagajewski. Go To Lviv (¯ ¹12)
  • Mykola Ryabchuk. Behind The Fence Of Metternich's Garden (¯ ¹13)
    The frames of Europe in political, cultural and conscious dimensions.
  • Anna Rogowska, Stanislaw Stepien. Polish-Ukrainian Frontier In The Last Half Of The Century (¯ ¹11)
    Analysis of the reasons and results of the Polish-Ukrainian tensions during that time.
  • Oles' Pohranychnyj. The Story Of Pohranychnyj With The Border Round The Neck (¯ ¹11)
    A true story about the special regime in the close-to-border zone.
  • Juliusz Slowacki Poetry
  • Heinrich Heine. Two Knights
  • Andriy Pavlyshyn. The Prospects Of Understanding On The Ukrainian-Polish Border (¯ ¹12)
    The historical background of the Polish-Ukrainian relations and the way of overcoming the old stereotypes.
  • Tadeusz Andrzej Olszanski. Polish-Ukrainian Conflict in 1943-1947
    History of the tragic opposing of UPA and AK in Halychyna and Volyn' region during the World War II.
  • Georg Trakl. Gorodok (¯ ¹11)
  • Anna Veronika Wendland. Metropolite. Essay About Andriy Sheptytskyy
  • Taras Voznyak. ”Project Ukraine": Decade Summary. (¯ ¹18)
    Estimation of achievements and losses of Ukraine in ten years of independence.
  • Walter Mossmann. Talks With Yurko
    The discussion of the Eastern and Western approaches to the different facts and problems
  • Wolfgang Heidenreich. My Allemagnia (¯ ¹12)
    A story about Western European borderland.
  • Johann Peter Hebel. A Husar In Neisse (¯ ¹12)
    Never do anywhere things you’d never do at home.
  • Jean-Jaques Rettig. Regionalism of the 70eth (¯ ¹12)
    Analysis of the European regional phenomena.
  • Hans-Jean Arp. Strassburg Configuration
  • Yvan Goll. Poetry
  • Andre Weckmann. Poetry (¯ ¹12)
  • Emilia Ohar. Language Frontiers Inside Ukraine
    Regional differences in Ukraine
  • Klauss Bachmann. Ukraine. Poland and the Debates on the EU's Future. Does the Polish Bridge Leads to Nowhere?
    odels of the European future of Ukraine (Polish point of view).
  • Halyna Petrosanyak. Poetry
  • Stanislaw Jerzy Lec. Unbrushed Thoughts, Read From The Notes And Serviettes 30 Years Later (¯ ¹11)
    Political and social jokes.

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