OURS

"OURS" is an exhibition complex dedicated to the military victory and the strength of the fighting spirit of Ukrainians, who defended the Motherland for centuries. The project was created in cooperation with Valeriy Galan ,the head of the Museum-Gallery "The History of the Establishment of the Ukrainian Nation"

There are five silicon figures of cyborgs in the center. They are Ukraine's defensemen: Igor Gordiychuk ("Sumrak"), Valeriy Krasnyan ("Bars"), Pavlo Chaika ("Seagull"), Andriy Sharaskin ("Bohemia"), Dmytro Yarosh ("Hawk") and volunteer Yana Zinkevych.

Three other figures are the Cossacks, which are a symbol of the historical and military traditions of the Ukrainian people.

The exhibition gives a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the heroes, to look into their eyes, because the sculptures are made with modern 3D scanning technologies, so they represent prototypes as accurately as possible.

The exhibition “Being uprooted”

The exhibition “Being uprooted” reveals one of the tragic pages of the past century, connected with forced relocations of Ukrainians (so-called deportations, forced emigration, evacuation without return, transfers, and special military operations).

In the memory of the inhabitants of the Western Ukrainian villages such resettlements were remembered as a retaliation of Soviet power for counteraction to Sovietization, the unwillingness to join the “Labor's paradise”, the support of the Ukrainian national liberation movement.

The materials of the exhibition organically complement the section of the exhibition “At the crossroads of war and peace”. Being evacuated forever; Military operations “Wisla” and “West”; “Knotweed” Roads; “Action-51” – all these themes, as well as all exhibited museum objects, are presented for the first time.

The consequences of ethno-political transformations are clearly traced through the stories of individual families: centuries-old life has been broken; the ethnic integrity of Ukrainians in Poland has been eroded. The bitter feeling of injustice and personal tragedy deeply etched in the souls of people.

Hastily-assembled things (icon, a one-time clothes, old horseshoe), children were in their arms, sack was on the back – and forward: where, why, what for? They were taken in boxcars into obscurity, darkness and nothingness.

Someone could not adapt to the new conditions, someone was looking for salvation in new regions, and someone, felt the threat from Soviet regime, went to a foreign country and became a man “without the state”, as the family of His Beatitude Lubomyr Husar.

The whole villages disappeared together with people, the parents' tracks overgrown with the knotweed.

The theme of the so-called agricultural resettlement is highlighted through the materials of the inhabitants of destroyed villages and evicted villages into Dnipropetrovsk region: Rusylov in Ternopil region and Sobiatyn in Volyn. Sobiatyn is not currently on the map of Ukraine.

The descendants of the offended people, who transmitted the materials for presentation at the exhibition, all the time “return” to the land that God promised to parents.

(Not) forgotten Bridgehead

Bukryn Bridgehead. Heroic ... Tragic ... Erroneous ... And what has happened in the autumn of 1943?

The exhibition “(Not) forgotten Bridgehead” created for those who remember and honor, for those who forgot or did not know at all and that complements the content of that part of the exhibition which deals with the crossing of the Dnipro and the expulsion of Nazis from Kyiv.

The Bukryn Bridgehead was chosen for the main attack on Kyiv. It became a huge cemetery for tens of thousands of soldiers.

The artifacts from the museum's fund collection are in the basis of the exhibition and the most of which are presented for the first time.

The main plot line repeats the fragments of memoirs of the participant of the battles on Bukryn bridgehead – the combat nurse Oleksandra Volkova. Written in half a century after the events, they extremely accurately reproduce the depth of time; reflect a terrible picture of fights and human feelings through the years. “… Everybody was holding their breath while walking towards the death … It was transferred from the deputy on political activity: “Not one step back. Shooting”. Well, a lot of people were 19 years old … Lieutenant Shatalov didn't get a chance to love ...”.

The materials of the exhibition, in unison with the exposition, transmit the drama of the battles on Bukryn bridgehead; accentuate the fatal miscalculations of the command, heroism and tragedy of the Dnipro epic.

Is it a crime or a mistake for which the Red Army had paid too high price? And even now there is no accurate data on casualties on the Bukryn bridgehead. Many of fallen people didn't get a chance to put on a military uniform, but forced the Dnipro into their home clothing. Documents, personal belongings of people from so-called “black infantry” (the conditional name of the infantry units of the Red Army formed from the civilian population of the occupied territories after their liberation), the lists of killed soldiers who were conscripted by so-called field military commissariats from the Dnipro villages and perished in battles not far from their homes, are presented at the exhibition.

On a symbolic raft there is a photo of the Bukryn bend, made by the Luftwaffe pilot during a reconnaissance flight. And alongside there are notifications of death of fighters of the Voronezh (1st Ukrainian) Front, who perished in battle in these same villages, that are marked on aerial photography.

But on the Bukryn land even to this day, unfortunately, the bones of the missing people are lying around.

Victory ... Mistake ... Tragedy ... What is this?

Just a war...

PortraitsUA

PortraitsUA is a new educational museum project. It is aimed at the historical and international rebranding of the Ukrainian dimension in the Second World War through the study of personal stories of people who contributed to the fight against totalitarianism, defended democratic values and civic convictions; embodied the ideals of peace, humanism, tolerance.

The theme of the session in 2018 is "Ukrainians - Saviors and Righteous Among the Nations ". These people risked their own lives and the lives of their relatives,but saved Jews during the Second World War.

Participation in the project involves the preparation of historical research (portrait) of the persons of the current session using archival materials, oral memoirs, documentary materials. Presentation of works - on the website of the project, as well as on thematic events, exhibitions, in the media.

We invite all interested persons to participate. Information on the project website

Exhibition «The Righteous Path: Ukrainian Saviours»

The Ukrainians and the Jews have a thousand-year history of coexistence. In addition, the Second World War has become their common tragedy with the most massive losses.

During the Nazi persecution, thousands of Ukrainians helped their Jewish neighbours, acquaintances and strangers.

The exhibition «The Righteous Path: Ukrainian Saviours» confirms the feat of those who broke the chain reaction of violence by the strength of their spirit and tried to help the doomed Jews at the risk of life.

New artefacts of the stock collection of the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War are the basis of the exhibition. They represent family stories, photos, documents and personal belongings. There are the materials from Andrei Sheptytskyi National Museum, the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies and other sources.

Thirty-two impressive stories have become the eloquent evidences of human behavior in the inhuman conditions of the war.

Attention is drawn to the personal materials of Oleksandra Shulezhko, who organized an orphanage in Cherkasy in 1941. One hundred pupils of the orphanage were saved; about a quarter of them were the children of shot Jews. They called her «mother». For the rest of her life the woman lived with the Soviet stigma «collaborator». Now her name is written on the Wall of Honor in the Garden of the Righteous at Yad Vashem (Jerusalem).

The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church had also plenty of life-saviours during the Holocaust. A separate place belongs to Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytskyi, who hasn’t been recognized yet as Righteous Among the Nations, and his brother Fr. Klymentii – the Righteous Among the Nations. The Blessed has established a centralized system for the rescue of Jews from Nazi persecution. They were given fake baptism certificates, Ukrainian names, and then were taken to the monasteries.

The represented artefacts and dramatic destinies of the saviours make us think about the morality of choice and the difficulty of this choice, the duty of man to God and neighbors. Through the awareness of the lessons of history, one of which is the feat of Ukrainian Saviours and Righteous Among the Nations, modern Ukrainian society strengthens its spiritual power.

Exhibition “On the line of fire”

A new exhibition of the Museum project “Ukrainian East” is entitled “On the line of fire”. The story of the victories and sacrifices of the patriots of Ukraine, who in the eastern territories of our state defend its sovereignty with the Russian aggressor, overcome the consequences of hostile intervention and tear the creeping Putinism and hybrid war crimes.

In the exhibition landscape, outlined by the conditional and expositional clusters-blocks of “Ours”, “Aliens” and “(Non) aliens”, the fire line in the zone of the Operation of the Joint Forces in the East of Ukraine is symbolically replicated.

In the exposition space of the section “Ours” the line of fire runs through damaged and mutilated, but life-saving vehicles for warriors and volunteers; and uplifted 27 blue-yellow flags – the symbols of administrative and territorial units of unitary state continue and highlight this area. They foretell our Victory. Road signs and pointers of settlements that had previously paved the lines of peaceful allocation, now are damaged by hostile shelling, denote the notional boundary between war and peace, between “Ours” and “Aliens”.

The topic of hybrid warfare, which Russia conducts by various methods and means, reveals the block of the exposition “Aliens”. Here is a series of irrefutable evidence of Russian aggression against Ukraine.

The section “(Non) aliens” is about the difficult fate of residents of Donbas, who were in zone of war.

The location of exhibits on a conditional line of fire from the beginning of the exposition to its completion reflects the dynamics of hostilities, the gradual extinction of the fire tension and gradually transforms into a “hall of hope”, presented by several museum installations.

The exhibition is in the entrance hall of the museum's main exposition.

New Digital Collection

The work of filling of e-collections continues. The creation of the second digital collection «Official Archive of Andrii Myhalevych» has started. It consists of 20 artifacts; altogether it will include 234 museum objects.

Andrii Myhalevych («Kos», «Denys», «13»). Since May 1946 he has been a guide of the Starovyzhivskii district (rayonny) wire of OUN (Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists), since April 1947 – guide of the Starovyzhivskii overdistrict (nadrayonny) wire of OUN. Since 1949 he has been the deputy guide, assistance of the Security Service of the Kovel district of OUN in the North-Eastern Ukrainian territories. In 1951 he died as a result of special operation of the tactical group of the Ministry of State Security.

The collection has mass of originals of 1943 – 1950. According to their topic and sort they are divided in four main groups: the normative and personal documents, the accounts, the popular educational editions of the Main UPA Command. Permanent location of content – here.

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