Preserving the National Memory of Ukraine: the Museum of Civilian Voices of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation Collected 70,000 War Stories
The war, which has been continuing in Ukraine for almost ten years now, has affected every Ukrainian. People of various ages, various professions, interests, and life values – everyone has something to share about their experiences in wartime.
The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation’s Museum of Civilian Voices has been collecting stories about the war since 2014. Its archive has reached 70,000 stories — sincere, scary, and touching stories told first-hand. These are the faces, voices, and destinies of people. Those who survived and about those who are not with us any more. About grief and hope.
Every such story is an important testimony of what is really happening in our country. Every story helps to create and preserve the national memory of Ukraine.
The Museum is the world’s largest archive of stories from Ukrainian civilians who suffered from the war. Its mission is to preserve the memory of past and present events for the sake of a better, peaceful future, to prevent people’s voices from turning into white noise, and people’s destinies into faceless statistics, as well as to make these voices heard by the whole world.
The Museum of Civilian Voices continuously collects stories and expands the framework of its international cooperation with the press, scientists, and educational institutions. The Museum aims to teach people not just to record information, but actually remember it. In addition, the collected stories will become – and already are – evidence against the enemy in international courts.
Ukraine will definitely win. Peace and justice will be restored. The memory will remain, and tens of thousands of civilian voices will be re-telling stories about the war to future generations.
Share your story about the war on the portal of the Museum of Civilian Voices of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation: https://civilvoicesmuseum.org/ or via the toll-free hot line (800) 509 001.