I had been searching for something like this for a long time. I knew it existed, but I couldn’t believe that I would be able to hold something like this in my hands. When we were handed a whole box of letters from children of the occupiers, I was very happy about this discovery and the real exhibit in our collection.
This is historical memory, answers to many questions about our neighbors. For the past two decades, Russia has been pumping propaganda about Ukraine that doesn’t exist, about abuse of Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine, and so on.
Since the start of the full-scale war in 2022, many young occupiers born, lived, and died during the rule of the dictator Putin have been killed in Ukraine. And they, their parents, and their children mostly accept the ideology that Ukraine should disappear, and those who live in Ukraine should undergo “rehabilitation” in Russian concentration camps and be re-educated to serve the great empire. In other words, the Soviet Union has not died in their minds.
I am sure that if the Russian occupiers had achieved their goal, today, my friends and I would be spending time in Russian concentration camps or marching across Europe trying to rid it of “neo-Nazism,” as Russian propagandists say.
After the Second World War, the Germans were taken to show the atrocities committed by their soldiers because no one believed the stories. For them, their soldiers were heroes who freed the Soviet Union from the Communists and the West from the capitalists. Now, for the Russian population, their occupying forces are freeing Ukraine from neo-Nazis who have settled not only in Kiev, but also in Europe and the United States. Therefore, they are heroes and it doesn’t matter that the whole world is against them and condemns their atrocities in 2022.
These letters are evidence that there is only one way to stop Russia in the future. Show the population the atrocities committed by their occupiers in Ukraine until they fully realize who they are, acknowledge their real responsibility for their actions, and repent. There is no other way. Because now they are heroes who want to repeat the path of their grandparents and free the world from neo-Nazis. That is their reality. And it seems that this disaster will not bypass European countries if Ukraine loses, because then everyone will lose.
This will be a wonderful historical exhibit. Very valuable and symbolic. We will make a cool art project out of it.
If you want, we can do something for you from this material.
You can see how children write letters to the occupiers here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNIlscNOnKQ