On 27–28 November 2013, participants of the Meeting of the Chairpersons of the Committees on Foreign Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union and the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy will have an opportunity to visit the exhibition of the Ukrainian National Museum “Memorial in Commemoration of Famine’s Victims in Ukraine” titled The 1932–1933 Holodomor – Genocide against the Ukrainian People. The exhibition features photos, archive documents and memories of witnesses of the 1930s as well as recipes for surrogate dishes which people used to eat to survive.
The exhibition of documents illustrating the genocide of the Ukrainian nation through artificially caused famine was organised in cooperation with the Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania, the Ukrainian National Museum, Ukrainian Community in Lithuania and Ukrainian Embassy in Lithuania.
Vilnius is one of the 47 capitals in the world which will mark the 80th anniversary of the Holodomor, one of the most horrifying crimes of communism. The exhibition to be on display on 26–29 November in the Seimas will also be opened in other Lithuanian cities this and next year.
In 2005, the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania adopted a statement recognising that in 1932–1933, the totalitarian communist regime under Stalin carried out a deliberate and carefully planned genocide of the Ukrainian people. At the same time, Lithuanian Members of Parliament expressed their solidarity with the Ukrainian nation.
Supported by representatives of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, Ukrainian Members of Parliament raised the issue of the famine artificially induced in Ukraine by the Soviets at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
Artūras Zeleniakas, Public Relations Unit, tel. +370 5 239 6201, e-mail: [email protected]