The catalogue of the exhibition " Holodomor, Holocaust, GULAG. The Three Tragedies that Unfolded on Ukrainian Soil in the 20th Century. Totalitarian Regime against the People and the Person"

You may question all my coevals,
Emancipists, convicts, captives
It is you whom we’re going to tell
How forgetfully we lived like orphans

How we raised our children for coffins,
In the dungeons and prisons to dwell.

Pressed lips are severely turning blue,
Distracted Hecubas becoming unglue.

As well as Cassandra of the Tangulue.
We shell thunder just like silent chorus,
We are covered with shame and dishonor:
“Trapped in hell and suspended are we.”

Anna Akhmatova. Poem Without a Hero

 

The catalogue of the exhibition Holodomor, Holocaust, GULAG. The Three Tragedies that Unfolded on Ukrainian Soil in the 20th Century. Totalitarian Regime against the People and the Person is a collection of documents, literary, artistic, and analytical materials that depict the historic events that led to the death of millions of people. The pages of the publication also show particular faces and destinies of those who were dragged into the whirlpool of those tragedies. 

The catalogue opens a dialogue between those who lived in the 20th century, who were born to live, love, and be happy, but whose lives were ruthlessly wasted by the disasters of the 20th century, and those who live in the 21st century, who have a task to build a place safe from political, inter-ethnic, and inter-confessional conflicts, a world where humanistic values will become the foundation on which to build laws in the state and human relations in the society. 

The publication can be used as a reference book for teachers of history, literature, and social sciences, students in teachers’ colleges, senior secondary school children, and everybody else who is interested in the history of the 20th century, events that took place during that period on Ukrainian soil, and the issues of building a civil society based on humanistic principles and capable of resisting the ideological manipulations performed whether by separate individuals or by powerful state bureaucracies. 

 

Detail of prologue:

 

Detail of the part "Holodomor"

 

Institute of Judaica thanks for the help in preparing the compendium to print Natasha Bleyzer (DAAR Foundation), 
Valentina Podgornaya (DAR Charitable Foundation) and Morgan Williams (USUBC)

Supported by the Human Rights Fund of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom 
of the Netherlands and DAR Charitable Foundation

 

Editorial Board: Zhana Kovba, Julia Smilianska 
Texts prepared by: Janna Kovba, Smilianska, Tatiana Chayka, O.Yakovleva
Consultation: Evegniy Zaharov 
Layout design: Olena Zaslavskaya
Literary translation of text: Natalya Lavrova, Olena Potapenko, Olexandr Zabarskiy, Oleksiy Zaslavskiy
Literary translation of poems: Nina Lubna
Proofreader: Natalia Anikeenko

© Institute of Judaica, 2014, Kiev

 

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