On November 20, 2020, the II International Scientific and Practical Conference "Places / Place of Remembrance in the Polish-Ukrainian Dialogue of Understanding" was held.
The conference brought together scientists from different cities of Ukraine and Poland, who discussed issues related to the specifics of the study of the Katyn crime, the found burial sites of executed Polish officers and civilians of the Second II Rzeczpospolita, the peculiarities of memorialization of places of memory concerning the Great Terror and the events of World War II, the prospects of the Ukrainian-Polish relations through the prism of such places of memory.
The scientists of the reserve took part in the conference, namely the deputy general director for scientific work Tatyana Sheptytskaya, the scientific secretary of the reserve Valery Filimonikhin, the head of the department for ensuring international relations Olga Ozolina, senior researcher Tamara Boyko, researcher Nikolay Brivko.
The conference was opened by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to Ukraine Bartosh Cihocki, who in his speech, in particular, noted the importance of scientific research and the discovery of the truth about the Katyn crime for decommunization processes, as well as for further strengthening friendly relations between Ukraine and Poland.
In her welcoming speech, Deputy Director General for Scientific Work of the reserve Tatiana Sheptytska stressed that the tragedy of Bykivnya and the Katyn crime are the pain points that unite Ukrainians and Poles at the present stage of development of each of the peoples. She noted that both states, with varying success, are trying to build a policy of national memory around these events, which includes both memorialization processes, stimulation of scientific research, and official state events. According to Tatyana Sheptytskaya, in support of the memory of Bykivnya and Katyn Ukraine and Poland naturally and rightly see not only a symbolic tribute to the innocent victims, but also a guarantee for the emergence and development of a healthy society. At the same time, the speaker noted that the efforts of the scientific community, relatives of the repressed are not enough to fully understanding of the events of the Great Terror and World War II. She expressed a request to government agencies to build a Memorial Museum dedicated to the Bykivnya tragedy. Tatyana Sheptytskaya wished the conference participants fruitful work, stressing that various scientific events, scientific works of the participants contribute to the fact that the truth about Bykivnya and Katyn becomes more expressive, and also protects the society from mythologizing and deforming historical events.