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James Mace, the outstanding research scientist of the Holodomor in Ukraine is commemorated in Lviv Polytechnic

25 Feb 2016, 18:35
University Press Service

On the occasion of the birthday of the man, who revealed the truth about the Holodomor in 1932 and 1933 to Ukraine, a famous historian and politologist, there was a dialogue with his wife Nataliia Dziubenko-Mace at the Lviv Polytechnic National University. The topic was “Today our dead chose each of us”.

Such conversation took place on the initiative of International Institute of Education, Culture and Diaspora Relations, Prosvita People's House and Prosvita Cultural Association of Lviv Polytechnic National University, Lviv Regional Teacher's House.

Roman Korzh, the Vice-Rector on Scientific and Pedagogical work, warmly greeted the participants and the guests of the meeting. He emphasized on the importance that young generation ought to know and cannot be indifferent to a person who have made efforts to unveil the truth about the Ukrainian Holodomor. He thinks that the young generation of Ukrainians should be brought up intellectually and spiritually on the books by James Mace and his wife Nataliia.

Oksana Yurynets, the People’s Deputy, took part in the dialogue “Today our dead chose each of us” and reminded the presents that the idea to light a candle on the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holodomor belongs to Mace.

Iryna Kliuchkovska, the Director of the International Institute of Education, Culture and Relations with Diaspora of Lviv Polytechnic National University, was a moderator of the event and she accented, ‘We must understand, accept and return the name of James Mace to the spiritual space of Ukraine. After all, he was more Ukrainian than Ukrainians are themselves’.

Halyna Pahutiak, the famous Ukrainian writer, the laureate of the Shevchenko National Prize, gave a high estimate of the creative and civic legacy of James Mace and Nataliia Dziubenko-Mace.

Nataliia shared with the memories of her husband. She is the author of numerous analytical articles and research on the Holodomor in 1932-1933, the lost pages of the history of Ukraine, the compiler of the books “Day and Eternity of James Mace” and "Your Dead Chose Me", which contain historical research materials of her husband. Her famous novel “The Saint Andrew” was a revelation for Ukrainian literature.

The guest also told about the similarity of Ukrainian embroideries and decorations on folklore of an Indian tribe, the place of origin of the historian and about James’s passion for Lviv, the Ukrainian songs and language.

During the meeting, the participants have signed an appeal to the Lviv City Council in order to assign a name of James Mace to one of the Galician capital’s street. The students of Institute of the Humanities and Social Sciences organized the flash mob in honour of James Mace and his wife.