Work on the project continues even during the war

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Back on February 23, during an online meeting, our team summed up the results of the first months of work and discussed further steps to implement the project’s goals. The very next day a new unplanned meeting took place, where, unfortunately, we had to talk not about the project ideas, but about our actions regarding the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukrainian territory, which in one moment ruined the plans of millions of people. Not only the entire project, but also the lives of our team members, their relatives and friends were at risk.

The first weeks living in a war zone seemed to be the most difficult, since it was almost impossible to predict the further development of events and it was not possible to talk about any clear plan of action in the short term either. The team members stayed in contact and tried to contribute to the humanitarian initiatives to support Ukrainians and spread information about the situation in Ukraine in European media.

After the Russian invaders failed to capture our country’s capital – Kyiv – and the front line moved to the southeast, we decided to resume the work on our project. This became possible thanks to the balanced outlook of our grantor, the "Memory – Responsibility – Future" Foundation, which agreed to work with us even in war conditions. This was a sign of great trust in us as project team and solidarity with the people who became victims of aggression of the authoritarian regime of the neighboring country. Currently, our team is working on the site’s technical design and its functionality. To ensure easy access to information and convenient navigation on the "House of Memory" website, we chose a modern minimalist design with a static project logo at the top of the screen. The main feature of the site should be the homepage, with a detailed image of the facade of the Jewish House in Chernivtsi, which is also depicted on the project’s logo. In addition, a short description of the project and its goals will be available on the main page, as well as recent news related to the "House of Memory". The information about the project team will be available on the "About us" page. The materials of workshops, podcasts and museum talks which will be held as part of the project will gradually appear on the page "Education and the public".

An integral part of website development is also testing its mobile and desktop versions. Our developers are constantly working on improving the interface design and the navigation to make the website more user-friendly.

At the next stage of work, our team will focus on technical requirements for the implementation of project ideas in web documentary and learning apps. An important task will be the selection of topics for a series of workshops, podcasts and museum talks. Anti-Semitism and totalitarianism in the history of Bukovina in the 20th century are still very relevant topics, particularly in view of the criminal actions of the Kremlin regime against Ukraine and the entire civilized world. And we will discuss the main challenges of today, such as the uncontrolled flow of propaganda and disinformation, the targeted spread of hate speech via mass media and social networks, the total violation of human rights by the aggressor country, etc.