Holodomor Museum

Holodomor Statue Kiev

In Ukrainian, the term Holodomor literally means "death by starvation". It refers to the great famine that occurred in Ukraine in 1932 and 1933, and according to historians' estimates caused between 2.61 and 5 million deaths. Created by combining the words holod (in Ukrainian, hunger, famine) and moryty, to kill (by deprivation), to starve, to exhaust, this term attributes to this starvation an intentional motive.This is a deeply moving place that highlights a secret hidden to the world by Soviet Russia and which Russia still denies to the present day.

Holodomor victims Memorial teaches us to confront hatred and violation of human rights. The Memorial activity cultivates protection of human dignity and democratic values; works on preventing crime of genocide by raising tolerance and sense of moral responsibility among citizens against challenges to all standards of rights and freedoms.

The Memorial plays an important role in the civil education of the younger generation; creating awareness of the need to preserve the Ukrainian state, as one of the main defence against genocide.

 
An important task of the Holodomor victims Memorial is to remind of Ukrainian identity, which was tried to be replaced by the Soviet identity. Memorial is an intermediary in the transferring process of information and memories about Holodomor. It demonstrates  a connection between generations of Ukrainian nation and preserves the memory about attempt of its destruction.

 

Knowledge of the Holodomor history, which are given by the museum, raise issues of morality – cherishing of respect to the memory of Holodomor victims, compassion and rethinking of personal life positions, which is the highest value.
Even after the prohibition of the truth about Holodomor was concealed, disturbing denials of Ukrainian people genocide are continued. Categorical denials can be heard from the Russian Federation, which is to be called the legal successor of the USSR; which is a manifestation of disrespect to the memory of more than 7 million of innocent victims, to the feelings of Ukrainians who lost their relatives, to Ukrainians who survived the genocide, and to democratic rights and freedoms in whole. In fact a denial can cause a threat of genocide reiteration.

 
By speeding information about Holodomor, the Holodomor Victims Memorial draws attention to the issue of "famine terror" which is still in use in XXI century in different countries of the It is an integral part of Kiev's cityscape as it can be seen from many promenades, squares and public places situated on both banks of the river.  The site is located in the beautiful Slava Park, designed by the architect A. Miletsky in the 1970s, attracting thousands of tourists and locals alike every day. The award-winning architectural design of the Holomodor Memorial contrives the site into a 30 meter high candle shaped

monument referred to as "The Candle of Memory", an entrance square with a memorial block, a sculpture featuring several angels, a plaza with the millstones of history, a sculpture representing a girl clutching some grain ears, an underground memorial hall with some additional rooms and a parking lot. And, the museum consists of a documentation centre, which provides spaces for archives, conferences, exhibitions and research facilities.

Holodomor Memorial in Kiev Ukraine