Viktor Chukhlib, Ukrinform
Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, December 12, 2008
CRIMES OF TOTALITARIAN REGIMES, HOLODOMOR, HOLOCAUST, GULAG ON UKRAINIAN LAND HAVE NO RIGHT FOR REPETITION
Viktor Chukhlib, Ukrinform, Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, December 12, 2008
KYIV - “Holodomor, Holocaust, GULAG - tragedies of the 20th century in the Ukrainian land, have no right for repetition. Crimes of the totalitarian regime against the Ukrainian people and humanity” - this is the name of the educational project launched by the charitable foundation Dar (Ukraine), DAAR charitable foundation (the US), the Jewish Studies Institute (Kyiv, Ukraine). (NOTE: The charitable foundation Dar (Ukraine) and the DAAR charitable foundation (the US) are supported by SigmaBleyzer and the Bleyzer family.)
The presentation of the project took place in the National Museum of Literature of Ukraine, UKRINFORM correspondent reports. Opening the exhibition, head of the museum's department Halyna Bolotova noted that the exposition presented with posters telling about the tragic pages of the Ukrainian history will contribute to understanding between people, tolerance and ability to develop humanistic principles. “The last century was not merciful to human life. The way the present one will be like depends on us,” she noted.
According to director of the Jewish Studies Institute Yulia Smilianska, the present exhibition was launched last year in Ivano-Frankivsk. It was successfully presented in Kolomyya, Ternopil, other western Ukrainian cities. Now Kyiv residents will be able to familiarize with its exhibits. The exhibition aims to “form the civil society realizing the danger of totalitarianism both for the particular person and for the humanity in general.”
The initiators of the exhibition plan to hold seminars for teachers of history and students. Kyiv senior pupils work as guides at the exhibition and successfully fulfill their tasks.
NOTE: The charitable foundation Dar (Ukraine) and the DAAR charitable foundation (the US) are supported by the SigmaBleyzer Emerging Markets Private Equity Investment Group and the Bleyzer family. SigmaBleyzer is a member of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), Washington, D.C., www.usubc.org.