by Mr. Viktor Kryzhanivskyi, Charge d'Affaires, a.i. of Ukraine to the United Nations,
at the presentation of screening of "Spell Your Name" documentary
(UN Dag Hammerskjold Library
Auditorium, 1 February 2007)
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is an
honor for me to join you during the week of the Holocaust remembrance, which,
for the second time in history, is held at the United Nations.
It is especially
important for me that the occasion which has brought us here today represents
yet another tangible contribution, made by my fellow countrymen, to the eternal
remembrance of the Holocaust and of its universally important lessons.
directed by talented Ukrainian cinematographer Serhiy Bukovskyi, is a tribute
to those lost in the Holocaust. It tells the stories and experience of survivors
of Nazi massacre of tens of thousands of Jews, Ukrainians, Romans and representatives
of many other nationalities on the territory of Ukraine. It also provides
unique testimonies of those who risked their lives to save thousands of their
compatriots from the inevitable death.
Name is one of the films that help us keep the evidence and preserve the records
to ensure that future generations will never experience the horrors of Jewish
Holocaust, Ukrainian Holodomor, acts of genocide in Rwanda, former Yugoslavia,
and, most recently, in Darfur.
Here I would
like to bring the words of Victor Yushchenko, the President of Ukraine, who,
after attending the documentary' premiere in Kyiv, emphasized its educating
value and once again stressed the importance of researching the Holocaust
to ensure that the Ukrainian and world communities know the historical truth,
helping them to avert reoccurrence of similar catastrophes.
we have done and will continue to do everything to prevent the ideology of
totalitarism, dictatorship, xenophobia and anti-Semitism from taking root
on our national soil. The rights and freedoms of national minorities have
been consistently safeguarded in Ukraine since the early days of her restored
statehood. Our minority legislation fully corresponds to the highest international
human rights standards; our educational and social systems foster awareness
of and respect for different cultures and religions. There is an open discourse
in politics, cultural life, cinematography and the media aimed at upholding
interethnic harmony and tolerance.
I think that
Spell Your Name documentary, we are going to see today, presents a remarkable
illustration to my words.
you for your attention.