We is initiating petitions to recognize the Holodomor as genocide and to build a memorial to Ukrainians who died during World War II.

Conclusions from the webinar

The Ukrainian-Norwegian online conference "Learning from the Past for the Future" ended with this important results. The webinar, co-organized by the Embassy of Ukraine in Norway and the Norwegian NGO "Support to the People of Ukraine", took place on November 26, 2020. 

Activists of the Ukrainian community in Norway also provided important assistance in the preparation of the conference.

"The topics of this conference concern historical events of various kinds, but also the scale of the Holodomor crime against Ukrainians and the incomparable victims of the Ukrainian people during World War II help to better understand the international significance of what is being done in Ukraine today," said the Ukrainian Ambassador in Norway Vyacheslav Yatsyuk during the opening of the webinar. The Ukrainian diplomat expressed hope for Norway's accession to the countries that have already recognized the Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine as genocide of the Ukrainian people, and called for support for the construction of a memorial in Oslo to Ukrainians who died during World War II in Norway.

Presentations on the role of the Ukrainian people in the victory over Nazism, including the liberation of northern Norway from Nazi occupation were made by Yana Primachenko, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Ukrainian History, Berit Lindemann, Head of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Jakub M. Godzimirski, research Professor at NUPI spoke about "Why Ukraine should take part in the celebration of the 75 anniversary of liberation of the Northern Norway?"

During the second part of the webinar, Olesya Stasiuk, Director General of the National Museum of the Holodomor Genocide, Andrei Chalupa, American journalist and filmwriter, Lesya Onyshko, Secretary of the Ukrainian National Museum of the Revolution of Dignity, and Vitaliy Ogienko, representative of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, spoke about the lessons of the Holodomor. Ukraine and the importance of its international recognition as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people.

The webinar aroused great interest from its participants, including Norwegian politicians, representatives of Norwegian government agencies, scientists, journalists, members of Norwegian and Ukrainian NGOs.

Following the discussion, the webinar moderators, Per-Kaare Holdal, founder of the People's Support of Ukraine NGO, and Oksana Hook, a Ukrainian researcher, suggested preparing public petitions to the Storting and the Norwegian Government to recognize Norway's Holodomor crime as genocide of the Ukrainian people. Construction of a memorial in Oslo to Ukrainians who died during World War II in Norway, including during the liberation of the northern regions.

We at S2PU invite everyone who cares about these two issues, politicians, institutions, business and individuals:

1)  Recognize Holodomor as genocide 

2) Construction of a memorial in Norway to Ukrainians who died during World War II    

  •  recognition of Holodomor