What is the strangest museum in Ukraine

Museums in Kiev  The state historical memorial "Mass gravesite in the village of Bikovnya"


This place is most visited on the third Sunday of May

The number of resting victims here is not lower than that of those murdered in “Babiy year”

 Memorial complex was opened in April 1994



Chernobil Museum, Babi Yar Memorial, Famine Victims Memorial, World War II Museum… This list can also be expanded to include the “Mass gravesite in the village of Bikovnya”. Without this the story about the tragedies that Ukraine and Kiev in XX. Century, not completely. There is no pompous museum complex in the forest of the village of Bikovnya on the Kiev-Brovary route. It is possible that such a thing would arise here at some point. Today the wooden crosses tied with embroidered towels stand here ...

These crosses act as if they admonish "Stop!", "Remember!" And call not to forget about the many thousands of people who rest in the depths of this forest in hundreds of mass graves. The whole linden grove, after which the mass graves were actually discovered, grows here. According to a strange decree of the NKVD (the internal people's commissariat - as well as the secret police), the places of the mass shootings should only be planted through the linden trees. These were discovered in the 1960s by young dissidents at the time.

The power had in no way responded to the request to put up at least one memorial plaque in this forest and reprisals were soon taken against enthusiasts on all sorts of occasions and pretexts. Those buried in the forest were declared victims of the German occupiers. The real reason for her death was only told publicly in 1989.

The burials themselves are located on the territory of the 19th and 20th districts of Darnitsa Forestry. The number of those buried here is almost the same as that of those shot in the “Babiy Yar” ravine: according to historians' calculations, this should be around 100-120,000 people. The memorial complex was opened in April 1994 and in May 2001 this place was declared a protected monument, which in 2006 was given the status of a national monument.

A year later, the remains of 2,000 victims were reburied / reburied, 500 of whom were identified as Polish citizens, who were murdered by NKVD agents at the same time as the Polish officers in the Katyn Forest (Russia). The Polish government intends to erect a large monument here. The current Ukrainian rulers have not yet initiated anything in this regard. In addition, a large number of unexplored burials remain on the huge territory of approx. 240 hectares.

The linden trees and pines along the road to the memorial are tied with embroidered towels. In the center of the burial territory is the main composition with the cross. An inscription is engraved on the granite pedestal - "Eternal Remembrance". There are hundreds of signs on the trees with the names of those who were shot: the relatives and the descendants think of them ...

This place is most visited on the third Sunday of May, which is the day of remembrance of the victims of communist reprisals. The memorial is now under the care of the Institute for National Remembrance.