This year, on April 11, Peace School participants held a peacemaking project "Peace Alley". They planted ten Rowan trees on the territory of the National Museum of History of Ukraine in the World War II.
On April 11, 1945 American troops liberated one of the major Nazi camps - Buchenwald. When prisoners receive news about approaching of the American troops, they run a rebellion, which accelerated their liberation. Since this date, April 11th became the International Day of Liberation of Nazi Camps Prisoners. Now this day is celebrated in many countries.
This year, on April 11, Peace School participants held a peacemaking project "Peace Alley". They planted ten Rowan trees on the territory of the National Museum of History of Ukraine in the World War II. In the project took part pupils and teachers from 11 schools, and 2 volunteers from Switzerland.
Museum prepared presentation about unique story of group of Soviet prisoners who escaped from a German camp. The story impressed listeners with its tragic end. A month after the escape, six of ten former prisoners died during the storming of the river Oder in Germany.
After the presentation, all participants together with their new friends from Switzerland began planting the trees. For many children it was the first experience of planting trees. Everybody worked together, helping each other. Boys dug the pits, and girls watered planted trees.
In the light of recent news about the worsening situation in the East Ukraine, children genuinely wanted to plant a new life, to plant a tree as a symbol of peace. Children themselves collected waste paper for recycling in order to collect enough funds for purchase the seedlings.
Let this Peace Alley became a symbol of memory of those who died protecting the peace! Let it inspire all people who attend the Memorial Complex to keep peaceful future for present and future generations!