National Historical and Memorial Reserve "Graves of Bykivnya" finished a difficult year of 2020 with preparing a photo-documentary exhibition "Names Crossed Out of Posters", dedicated to repressed figures of Ukrainian theatrical art.
We would like to inform you that the staff of the NIMZ "Graves of Bykivnya" provides free consultations on the search for information about persons who suffered during the mass political repressions of the 1930s. We are always ready to share with you the information that is available in the reserve's database. If we do not have such evidence, we will advise where it is best to apply, and also help to write the correct requests to the archives. Please contact us on weekdays from 10:00 - 17:00 by phone (044) 253-03-55 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
On November 20, 2020, the II International Scientific and Practical Conference "Places / Place of Remembrance in the Polish-Ukrainian Dialogue of Understanding" was held.
On November 12, 2020, representatives of the public organization "German-Ukrainian Forum" ("Deutsch-Ukrainisches Forume") visited the territory of the National Historical and Memorial Reserve "Graves of Bykivnya". The guests from Germany got acquainted with the history of Bykivnya burials, took photos and videos for the Ukrainian-German educational project.
On September 13, 2020 on the territory of the National Historical and Memorial Reserve "Graves of Bykivnya" an open lecture-tour "International Memorial to the Victims of Totalitarianism 1937 - 1941 in the context of the policy of national memory ", which was conducted by the scientific secretary of the reserve Valery Filimonikhin.
The Graves of Bykivnia National Historical and Memorial Reserve reports that the materials of the collection "Bykivnia Tragedy in the Context of Totalitarian Crimes regime" are now available to readers on the Internet.
On August 5, 1937, the USSR started the implementation of the secret operational order of the NKVD No. 00447 "On the repression of former kulaks, criminals and other anti-Soviet elements", approved by the Politburo of the Central Committee of the All-Union Communist Party of Bolsheviks on July 31, 1937. In fact, on this day, one of the most large-scale and bloody repressive campaigns of the Soviet government started. The number of its victims is estimated at hundreds of thousands of people. In Kiev and the region, according to historians, the notorious order subjected to implementation even earlier - as early as August 3, 1937.
The National Historical and Memorial Reserve Graves of Bykivnya informs that from June 5 (Friday) 2020, visitors are allowed to enter the reserve, provided that sanitary requirements are met. In particular, entry into the reserve without a mask is prohibited. We also ask you to observe social distance. Excursion services will not be provided until the quarantine is canceled.
As always, on the third Sunday of May, Ukraine paid tribute to the victims of political repression. However, this year events in Bykivna took place in the face of new challenges. And yet, given the restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of acute respiratory disease COVID-19, Graves of Bykivnya again became the main venue for mourning celebrations.
The Soviet totalitarian regime, seeking to subdue and control, destroyed tens or even hundreds of thousands of its own civilians, regardless of age, gender, status, or profession. Very often whole families were subjected to total repression. In many cases, the fates of the wives or children of those repressed in Kyiv during 1937-1941 remain unclear. And those who survived passed on their pain and longing, as well as the memory of the Great Terror to their descendants, who now can be scattered around the world. In order to unite the families of the repressed, as well as to widespread information about Bykivnia burials outside Ukraine, in 2020 the Reserve launches for the first time an English-language version of our electronic project "Bykivnia Tragedy: Names from Nameless Graves". We hope that it will be useful to our foreign readers and partners, as well as to all who are interested in the history of Ukraine.