Report 2021: what this year was like at the Holodomor Museum

1 January 2022

The renovated Hall of Memory, unique exhibits, a large-scale expedition across Ukraine, and much more important and interesting. The Holodomor Museum team presented a report for 2021.

” For more than ten years, the National Museum of the Holodomor-Genocide has been telling Ukrainians and guests from abroad the history of the Holodomor Genocide. And how the communist totalitarian regime committed the greatest crime against the Ukrainian nation. In 2021, Ukraine commemorated the 100th anniversary of the mass man-made famine of 1921–1923 and the 75th anniversary of the mass man-made famine of 1946–1947.  The task of our museum is to preserve the memory of the Holodomor victims, to spread the truth, to study and explore the pages of history which have been hidden from us for a long time. This year we have completely renovated the exhibition of the Hall of Memory. Here first-time exhibits from the Museum’s funds, collected during expeditions across Ukraine and handed over by visitors, are presented. In addition, the results of ten years of research by historians are presented for the first time, using new technological means: about mass grave sites, uprisings, and “blackboards.” In 2021, we continued our expeditions, during which we traveled through the cities and villages of eleven regions of Ukraine and recorded 120 stories of Holodomor witnesses. We have prepared and published a textbook for teachers, “The Holodomor of 1932-1933 – the genocide of the Ukrainian nation”, which was tested in schools and received positive feedback from teachers. We have created and run new tours, online lessons, and workshops. And we try to be interesting and accessible online and offline for all ages. Furthermore, we are not afraid to tell the story of the genocide of Ukrainians even to children because we know how to do it correctly without injuring. And the most valuable thing is when these children later take their parents to the Museum. Knowledge of the truth about the Holodomor and the memory of the genocide are safeguards against recurrence. It is our weapon that protects the Ukrainian state and identity. And being armed is especially important today when our independence is in danger again,” said Olesia STASIUK, Director General of the National Museum of the Holodomor-Genocide.