On February 28, 2013 the National Museum “The Memorial in Commemoration of Famines’ Victims in Ukraine” got an award “Recognition of the Year”
The National Museum “The National Memorial in Commemoration of Famines’ Victims in Ukraine” is the commemoration centre of the innocent people who were killed at the beginning of the 20th century.
During 2012, museum’s workers prepared and presented to the public 14 exhibitions and 10 cultural and educational events. All in all museum’s guides hld 2160 tours for more than 23 thousand people (3317 of them – foreigners). Besides, more than 470 thousand visitors and 8 official delegations visited museum during the year.
The Museum started the search activity on establishing names of famines’ victims. That is how the People’s Memory Book of Famines’ Victims in Ukraine appeared. Today it includes more than 4 thousand newly found names of victims of Holodomor 1932-1933 in Ukraine. Museum’s workers spread, collect and work on the Registration Cards of Famines’ Victims. In 2012, the museum started the World Search “Let’s Remember Them… They Lived in Famines’ Years” Project. It deals with the establishing of names of famines 1921-1922, 1932-1933 and 1946-1947 in Ukraine.
Museum’s staff works on creation of electronic database about million of innocent famines’ victims that will be accessible for the citizens of Ukraine as well as for the international community.
During 2013, the National Museum “The Memorial in Commemoration of Famines’ Victims in Ukraine” together with the International Renaissance Foundation and Charity Fund “The Memorial in Commemoration of Famines’ Victims on-line” started a new project on filling website with content such as electronic copies of documents of those times in Ukraine. The database unites all the information about famines 1921-1922, 1932-1933 and 1946-1947 in Ukraine and provides free access to it for all interested.
The National Museum “The Memorial in Commemoration of Famines’ Victims in Ukraine” conducts distant lessons of memory in schools, lyceums, technical colleges and libraries of Kyiv. Boys and girls are acquainted with reasons, scales and consequences of 1921-1922, 1932-1933 and 1946-1947 in Ukraine.
The museum implements “Silent Truth of History” project, which presupposes demonstration of films on famine’s topic with sign language translation for the peoples with hearing disabilities in the museum’s Memory Hall.
Video-lectures held in the museum influence the emotional perception of the information. Visitors get a chance to watch documentaries and feature films of domestic producers about hungry years in Ukraine. They also get an opportunity to communicate with films’ makers as well as with the famine researchers.
The National Museum “The Memorial in Commemoration of Famines’ Victims in Ukraine” organizes international round tables and conferences and holds distant exhibitions on famine topic in regional and district centers of Ukraine (in educational and cultural establishments); it provides training workshops for teachers of history of secondary and higher educational establishments etc.
Gradually the museum becomes scientific and research center of famine studies. Museums researchers work in archives, they analyze and spread among the public documents about famines in Ukrainian history.
New facts found in declassified documents (archival investigative cases, information certificates of special services, policy papers, reports of the operative surveillance etc) give rise for both confirmation as well as clarifying preliminary conclusions of researches.
At the same time, the lack of exhibition halls, storage facilities, office space for the storage of archives and libraries, lack of space for workplace researchers, archivists and other museum staff, prevents working towards strengthening research and coverage of this complex and multidimensional subject. Therefore, for the full functioning of the only world's state museum dealing with famines subjects a modern building is urgently needed. Construction of the second part of the Memorial would make the museum indeed a scientific and research center of famines in Ukraine.
The museum welcomes its visitors and is ready for new projects and cooperation in the field of historical studies of the events of the first part of the 20th century, as the commemoration of millions of famines’ victims is our sacred duty for the sake of future generation.