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Subject: New Ukraine Secret Service database eases info search
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New Ukraine Secret Service database eases info search
January 25, 2009
KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) -- The Ukrainian Secret Service opened a
database to simplify access to materials stored in its archives.
The Ukrainian Secret Service Information Center, which includes a
digital archives center, was launched last week in Odessa.
Odessa Jewish community leaders told JTA they appreciate the
opening of the center, which gives them access to archival
documents that shed light on the operations of the KGB and
liberation movements in Ukraine, Zionist and Hehalutz organization
activities in the 1920s and 1930s, dissident movements, and
materials concerning the Holocaust and Jewish underground
activities in the Soviet Union.
The Odessa Jewish community appreciates free access to important
archive materials concerning Jewish activities in the former USSR
and believes that declassification and conversion of archive
materials into digital form will help to clarify many pages of
Jewish history and to strengthen Jewish identification, Berl
Kapulkin, an Odessa Jewish community official, told JTA.
Digital archives centers have opened in Kiev, Kharkov and Odessa.
The working groups head, Dr. Volodymyr Vyatrovych, an adviser to
the chairman of the Ukrainian Secret Service, said an array of
materials covering the Holocaust in Ukraine will soon be made
available at the center. Vyatrovych has proposed that the Odessa
Jewish community use such materials for a future Holocaust museum.
Documents at the digital archives center have been arranged
according to topics. They include Holocaust; Holodomor, or Great
Famine; Repression in Ukraine; and Movement of Dissidents. The
archives also provide access to a large number of photos,
scientific journals and books, and the digital versions of
exhibitions and presentations.