Presentation of Andrii Kozytskyi’s monograph “The Big Lie” in Kyiv

19 January 2024

On Wednesday, 31 January at 6:30 p.m., there will be a presentation of the monograph “The Big Lie. Methods, Narratives and Dynamics of denial of the Holodomor” by Andrii Kozytskyi, a senior researcher at the Holodomor Museum.

The event will be attended by historian, People’s Deputy of Ukraine Volodymyr Vyatrovych, Acting Director General Lesia Hasydzhak and the author of the publication Andrii Kozytskyi.

During the meeting, we will talk about 90 years of lies, the stages that the denial of the Holodomor went through from 1932 to 2022, and those narratives that were spread before and continue to be spread now by opponents of recognising the Holodomor as an act of genocide.

The research material is presented in a broad historical context, and parallels between the methods and narratives of the denial of the Holodomor and the practice of denying other genocides of the 20th century are demonstrated. To date, there have been no such thorough works in Ukrainian historiography that would analyse the forms, methods, and content of narratives denying the Holodomor from a historical perspective.

“The denial of the Holodomor is a serious obstacle to including this crime in the international canon of memory,” emphasises Andrii Kozytskyi, the author of the publication. He also highlights that systematic silence or denial of any deliberate illegal act is a continuation of this crime, as it helps the perpetrators avoid just punishment. Furthermore, denying crimes causes social harm, leading to the demoralisation of society, where evil goes unpunished. Therefore, the most significant motivation for fighting against the denial of the crime of genocide is that ignoring and denying history can lead to its repetition.”

When: 31 January 2024 at 6:30 p.m
Where: Hall of Memory of the Holodomor Museum (3 Lavrska St.)

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