17:39 Nov. 24, 2016
New exhibition by Ukrainian Institute of National Memory presents 15 stories about Ukrainians who were not defeated by the famine-genocide
The exhibition, "Indestructible", has been launched at the National museum, "Memorial of Holodomor Victims", to commemorate 83rd anniversary of Holodomor. The display presents stories of famous Holodomor survivors.
Organizers say that they have intentionally chosen very different people coming from various backgrounds - writers, politicians, painters, singers, activists. What unites those people is the experience that they had endured in 1932-1933 – they lost their loved ones, but their spirit was undefeated, the survivors managed to live fulfilling and accomplished lives. For instance, the exhibition tells the story of a renowned Ukrainian writer, Vasyl Barka, who was spreading the truth about the terrible famine-genocide in his art.
The head of Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, Volodymyr Vyatrovich, said: "The Holodomor was a terrible crime, but it couldn't break Ukrainians as a nation. Despite millions of deaths, Holodomor didn't destroy the country. Ukraine became even stronger. Despite all the losses, Ukrainians managed to gain independence in 1991."
The exhibition is a reminder of the tragic past not only to Ukrainians, but to Europe and entire world. Goran Lindblad, president of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience, said: "For me it is important that we teach history, remind people of the atrocities that Ukrainians faced. Without this historical knowledge, people will not understand what's going on today. You [Ukraine] have the invasion from Russia, we have other events going on all around Europe and all around the world that are connected to the history of the world. We should be more pro-active in teaching the younger generation what went on and why. We should judge each and every totalitarian regime by its own deeds."
The artistic display includes images of the survivors, but ambient design also strikes with its symbolism. The exhibition presents numerous installations with grain, the authors tried to deliver an idea that the quantity of deaths during the famine was counted in millions and each grain could easily represent one human life lost.
On November 26, the Day of Remembrance of the Holodomor Victims, the national minute of silence will be announced in Ukraine at 16.00.
Holodomor is a man-made famine which literally translates from Ukrainian as 'death by hunger'. Historians say that the genocide was imposed by Stalin regime and had taken 2.5 - 7.5 million of Ukrainians.