On June 15, we proudly welcomed Yurii Savchuk, director of The National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War in Kyiv, and Maria Shust, director of the Ukrainian Museum in NYC, for a special tour.
Savchuk - in just a month - created the exhibition "Crucified Ukraine," a powerful collection of images and artifacts documenting the ongoing war in his country. He was often the first to set foot at Russian bombing sites after the Ukrainian military cleared them of mines, taking photographs himself and gathering what relevant items he could for inclusion in the exhibit. Savchuk's personal passion clearly infuses "Crucified Ukraine" with an added layer of meaning; thousands have already come to see it.
The National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War was founded in the early 1980s as a paean to the Soviet Union's achievements in World War II. But Savchuk says he strives to cultivate an institution that tells the narrative of Ukrainian independence, the harsh reality of the current conflict, and the nation's aspirations for the future - all of which he's doing in real time against an unimaginable backdrop.
By 9/11 Memorial Staff