This week, in a land where Jewish culture once flowered, people are joining together to remember Jewish lives lost in the Holocaust. The week of September 21, officially designated as the "Days of Remembrance of the Genocide of Lithuanian Jews," marks the 72nd anniversary of the liquidation of the Vilna ghetto.
The challenge for the European Union and its member states, particularly Germany, is in balancing the often incongruous demands of co-operation and self-interest, and thus demonstrate to their own citizens that concrete achievements can still create a Europe of solidarity and prosperity as Schuman envisaged.
Recently, I caught up with Marko Bojcun, a Ukraine expert and political scientist at London Metropolitan University. Bojcun has worked in Ukraine on and off for 20 years, and was recently shouted down by rightists in a Kiev bookstore when he attempted to engage in a discussion about the historic role of Leon Trotsky.