BANDERA EXHIBITION OPENED IN KYIV

Kyiv
19.10.09




The official opening ceremony of the “Stepan Bandera – documents testify” exhibition took place in Kyiv last Thursday, 15 October.

Organised and hosted by the National Museum of the History of Ukraine, the aim of the exhibition is to objectively portray the life of Stepan Bandera from early childhood to his death in 1959.  Bandera was the leader of Ukraine’s national Liberation Movement, the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN).

Among the many exhibits are photographs, archival documents and personal items of Bandera, including the clothing he wore when assassinated.

In addition to the National Museum of Ukraine (NMHU), contributors to the exhibition are: the Association of Ukrainians in GB through its Shevchenko Library and Archive, the Museum of the Ukrainian Liberation Struggle (London), the Museum of the Liberation Struggle of the Transcarpathian region (Ivano-Frankivsk), Archive of the State Security Service of Ukraine, the Centre for the Study of the Liberation Movement (Lviv), the State Scientific Archival Library (Kyiv), the Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine (Lviv), Viktor Kyrkevych (private collection).

The Association of Ukrainians in GB was represented at the event by Fedir Kurlak, Volodymyr Muzyczka and Dr Ludmila Pekarska (Shevchenko Library and Archive).  Also at the opening ceremony from the UK was Wasyl Oleskiw, who worked with Bandera during the 1950’s as the youngest member of the OUN leadership at the time and who himself later headed the organisation.

Addresses were given by the Director of the NMHU, Serhiy Chaikovsky - (who particularly singled out the efforts of the AUGB to make the exhibition possible), the Head of the State Security Service of Ukraine –  Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, the Deputy Chair of the National Memorial - Vladyslav Verstiuk,  the Curator of the Museum of the Ukrainian Liberation Struggle (London) - Wasyl Oleskiw, the Leader of the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists – Stefan Romaniw, the President of the Ukrainian World Congress – Ewhen Czolij, AUGB CEO –Fedir Kurlak, the Director of the Archive of the State Security Service of Ukraine – Volodymyr Viatrovych.

A full report and extracts of speeches during the opening ceremeony will appear in the next issue of the Ukrainian Thought (“Dumka”), 24 October, 2009.

The exhibition will run until the end of this year and can be viewed at the National Museum of the History of Ukraine at 2 Volodymyrska Street, Kyiv.  Opening hours 10.00-17.00 hrs.  Tel. Kyiv 2784864.  Please note that the museum is closed on Wednesdays.



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