It was the conclusion reached by the scientists and representatives of local authorities during a round table dedicated to the creation of Dnipro historical and museum complex “Park of totalitarian period.”
The event was held on 29 November at Dnipro City Council. The round table was attended by Dmitry Volyk, the Chief of Architecture and Planning Department, Chief Architect of Dnipro City, Volodymyr Panchenko, PHD in History, the economist and director of Dnipro Development Agency of Dnipro City Council, Dnipro city council deputy, Pavlo Hay- Nyzhnyk, PHD in History, Head of Historical Studies at the Research Institute of Ukrainian culture within the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, Dmitry Kayuk, PHD in History, the director of Ethnographic parks of Dnipropetrovsk of Dnipro City Council, and Oleg Repan, PHD in History, Associate Professor at the Department of History of Ukraine in Oles Honchar Dnipropetrovsk National University.
Many crucial issues were tackled during the discussion. Even the name of the complex caused a fierce debate. Indeed, as Pavlo Hay- Nyzhnyk, Kyiv scientist sovietologist noted, the Soviet Union had not only negative effects. The idea is not to “whiten” or decorate living under the rule of the Soviet Union, but rather to show that it was multifaceted life. For example, Vasyl Stus also lived and worked in the days of the USSR. Another question – how was it. His thoughts were supported by Dmitry Volyk, the Chief Architect of Dnipro, and other historians. Therefore, experts came up with an idea of the Park of totalitarian period, which will demonstrate the horrors of a totalitarian regime, all facets of life in a concentration camp called “USSR”.
The Park of totalitarian period is designed to perform not only the function of de-communization, but as well de-imperialization and de-Sovietization. It is primarily an educational and scientific project. And the main purpose for its creation is to convey to our descendants terrible, not decorated truth about totalitarian anti-human period of our history. “History still has something to teach us, so it won’t be repeated again,” – said Igor Shahraychuk.
According to the participants, the Park of totalitarian period should be divided into two zones – open and closed exhibits. The open exhibition will include monuments, memorable boards, bas-reliefs and other architectural forms, dedicated to Soviet party and state leaders and symbols. The closed exhibition has two zones – the first one demonstrates the elements of Soviet life, routine (from micro to macro level) and the area of art platform for installations, art events that match the concept of the Park and will contribute to the goal it was created for. Besides, it is worth noting that the complex should present and exhibit items of the Nazi occupation period. The meeting resulted in signing the resolution on the basis of which the future Park will be created. Currently inventory of monuments and other researches are being run.