пʼятниця, 20 травня 2016 р.

Долучайтеся до проекту ‪#‎BeEuropean‬ та вигравайте подорож до Брюсселя!

Міністерство закордонних справ України, Представництво ЄС в Україні, “Європейська Правда” та Радіо ЄС запустили новий проект #BeEuropean.

Євроінтеграція — це набагато більше, ніж державна політика, тема для переговорів або комплексні реформи. Насамперед — це зміни у свідомості людей.

Час обмінятися думками та враженнями: що особисто для Вас означає фраза “бути європейцем”?

Адже європейці дуже різні! І це підтверджує слоган ЄС: “Єдність у різноманітності”.

В рамках нашого нового проекту ви дізнаєтеся як живуть, працюють та відпочивають в країнах Європи, з яких звичок та правил складається буденне життя європейця. Ми розповімо вам цікаві факти про європейські країни та сподіваємося, що ці історії стануть натхненням для кожного з нас.

Пропонуємо всім нашим читачам приєднатися до проекту та розповісти свої історії, які б проілюстрували, що для кожного з нас означає #BeEuropean! 

Напишіть, що вас найбільше здивувало та вразило в країнах Європи, поділіться власним досвідом волонтерства, здорового способу життя або будь-чим іншим, що, на вашу думку, є гарним прикладом того, як бути європейцем!

Публікуйте свої історії під хештегом #BeEuropean на Фейсбуці та у Твіттері, додавайте яскраві фото або відео та обов’язково робіть у Фейсбуці тег @Міністерство закордонних справ України / MFA of Ukraine, щоб ми побачили ваш пост.

Давайте заохочувати один одного робити корисні та добрі справи!

Що означає бути європейцем для Міністра закордонних справ України Павла Клімкіна: 

Переглянути всі дописи учасників кампанії ми можете на сторінці МЗС у Storify.

Щодня на сторінках МЗС у Фейсбуці та Твіттері публікуються матеріали про те, що означає #BeEuropean в різних європейських країнах.

Щодня о 8:45, 14:15 та 16:45 ви зможете почути цікаві факти #BeEuropean, а також щогодини думки пересічних та відомих людей в рамках нашої кампанії на Радіо ЄС — Європейська Станція. Також у будь-який час всі факти та Ваші дописи доступні на сайті “Європейської правди”.

А для найяскравіших історій ми підготували особливий сюрприз! Їхні автори отримають шанс відвідати Брюссель! На Вас чекають відвідини Представництва України при ЄС, а також екскурсія до Європейського парламенту. Переможців визначатимуть організатори проекту.

Факти #BeEuropean, які вже були оприлюднені в рамках проекту можна переглянути за посиланням: https://goo.gl/O6onq4

Долучайтеся до нашої кампанії та #BeEuropean :)

понеділок, 9 травня 2016 р.

Fighting for lives.Win peace, not war.

The Netherlands were one of the first countries who were divided and occupied by Nazi Germany. About 2,000 Dutch officers of Royal Army were taken as prisoners of war and sent to a POW camp in Stanislav (now it’s Ivano-Frankivsk city, Ukraine).
During an evacuation several groups of Dutch prisoners planned their escape. Two officers Joop J. Singor and Syp van der Pol made their way to freedom by crawling under the stage of the camp’s theater.
Two other groups of escapees, among them Edward J.C. van Hootegem, Kees Harteveld, Harm Lieneman, Piet de Ruijter, Frans J.G. Brackel, Leen A.D. Kranenburg, Johannes Adolfbaron Bentinck and Geert G.C. Bijl de Vroe successfully jumped off a moving train as it pulled out of Stanislav.
After escaping, the Dutch officers went towards the Carpathians to Hungary. During their travels in western Ukraine they were found by members of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA). The UPA was informed by the local people about the fugitives. While Ukrainian partisans were observing the Dutch officers, moving from one farmhouse to another, they tried to establish their real identities.
The risks to the UPA for providing assistance were high. There was a constant threat of running into Germans, who were patrolling the main thoroughfares. There were also risks associated with survival during the dangerous journey through the mountains in the middle of a snowy winter.
Lt. Gen. Edward J. C. van Hootegem: “Our experience was certainly not devoid of humour for, whatever the circumstances, a Galician retains his easygoing nature and relaxed attitude.”
UPA leaders provided temporary shelters for the Dutch officers in Ukrainian villages. Later they transported them safely to the Hungarian border. The route to Hungary and the transfer of Dutch officers there were thoroughly planned by the UPA.
Then, on returning home, the 10 officers continued to serve and became part of the military leadership of the Netherlands.

A lot of Ukrainians saved Jewish people during the Holocaust. As for the year of 2014, Ukraine was the 4th in the Yad Vashem list, which included 2,472 Ukrainians as Righteous Among the Nations.
The Jewish community calls this man “a saint”. The Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Andriy Sheptytskyi and his brother Clement during the Holocaust harbored and assisted Jews suffered from German genocide operations.
A rescue operation of nearly 200 Jewish children organized by him is unique in the history of the World War II.
The mechanism of mass extermination of Jews was exercised by Nazis from the very first days of occupation in Galicia. Metropolitan Andriy Sheptytsky created in the Lviv St. George cathedral a group of reliable people: priests, laymen and monks, who was organizing a harboring of Jews. So within the church structure a secret unit aimed at protection, hiding and safe border transfer of Jews to Romanian and Hungarian zones of occupation was formed.
Moreover, Sheptitsky publicly appealed to the clergymen and religious persons with a message of solidarity with Jews. In conditions of anti-Semitic propaganda it was almost the only available way of direct impact on people. And it was really effective.

There are numerous facts of harboring Jews by Ukrainians during the Holocaust. Usually, the best option for saving Jews and their own lives (after all, helping Jewish families was severely punished) was a "legalization" of representatives of the Jewish community.
To take a baptism was one of the ways of such "legalization". Thus, the mayor of Kremenchug Mr.Verhovsky built barracks in the suburbs and settled there over a thousand Jews. Some of them were baptized and received Christian names.
Another Righteous Ukrainian was a wellknown Greek Catholic priest Omelian Kovch. During the German occupation of Western Ukraine trying to save Jews from extermination, Kovch baptized them and issued them baptism certificates, despite the ban of the occupation authorities. Totally, he issued more than 600 certificates of baptism.
Sometimes, Ukrainians married Jews in order to save their lives. People also gave their own documents to Jews to conceal their origin.

There is a wall in the French city Arras well known as the monument to 218 patriots from various towns and Resistance Groups who were shot in the ditches of the citadel by the German occupiers between 1941 and 1944. There is a name of Vasyl Poric, Ukrainian who became the National Hero of France.
Vasyl Poric came to France in 1942 among the hundreds of prisoners who were brought by Nazi Germany to the Beaumont-en-Artois Camp in the northern France. Not being able to fight against the Nazis on the front line, Vasyl Poric took charge of the resistance movement. Such resistance groups used all opportunities to commit sabotage against the enemies. They damaged expensive and rare equipment, destroyed troop trains with coal and armament.
Activities of Poric’s resistance movement was so significant that after the end of war Ukrainian was awarded with the title of the National Hero of France.

Mutual assistance between Ukrainians and Poles existed even in the most complicated periods of relations between the two nations. We can continue never-ending historical disputes on the events of the past, but those who survived that days have nothing to divide. The facts of heroic rescue truly unite many Ukrainian and Polish families even today.
Entire cities in Poland owe to Ukrainian military their salvation from certain death.
In 1944, retreating Nazis prepared a plan and started to seed Krakow with mines. Vehicles and industrial facilities had been mined first. Mines were deployed in historic city center also. Scouts led by Ukrainians Evugen Berezniak from Dnipropetrovsk and Alexey Shapovalov from Kirovograd got information about the plan. Berezniak commanded the reconnaissance group “Holos” (Voice), which spent 156 days behind the enemy line and had entirely explored Krakow. The collected information about the disposition of the Nazi armies, corps and divisions was transferred to the headquarters of the 1st Ukrainian Front. Due to this data mine-pickers promptly demined the explosives and the city of Krakow was saved.