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EU in Kazakhstan organizes discussion "Remembering the Victims of Totalitarianism - Building New Bridges between Europe and Kazakhstan"

01/06/2021 - 08:32
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On 31 May 2021, the Day of Remembrance of Victims of Mass Political Repression, the Delegation of the European Union to Kazakhstan organised a discussion on the theme "Remembering Victims of Totalitarianism - Building New Bridges between Europe and Kazakhstan" at the ALZHIR Museum-Memorial Complex for Victims of Political Repression and Totalitarianism.

The purpose of the discussion was to honor the memory of the victims of totalitarianism and to emphasize once again the positive role of Kazakhstanis in saving them. The event was attended by Kazakh state officials, Ambassadors and representatives of the European Union Member States, associations and foundations of European diasporas in Kazakhstan.

It is important to note that since the early 1930s, millions of people were forcibly relocated to Central Asia, in particular to Kazakhstan, as part of the famous tragic historical events of the mid-20th century. Among them were members of European nations. Despite the difficult conditions and struggle for existence, the Kazakh people showed solidarity and generosity towards the deportees and saved many of them from starvation and death, sometimes risking their own lives.

Ambassador Sven-Olov Carlsson noted: "We wanted to make this event truly inclusive, because human pain and suffering have no nationality. Kazakhstan became a second home for the deported people during the years of persecution, showing a rare generosity and hospitality. Despite their own hardships and hunger, and sometimes at the risk of their own lives, the Kazakh people helped those whom the official authorities called "enemies of the people". An honest and uncompromising analysis of the consequences of the totalitarian regime is important not only as a tribute to its victims, but also as an opportunity to overcome the terrible legacy of totalitarianism and disregard for human rights. Raising awareness of the past will serve as an incentive to strengthen ties between peoples and to build new bridges of friendship and cooperation between EU countries and Kazakhstan”.  

The event was broadcast live in Kazakh, Russian and English on the Zoom platform and on the EU Facebook page in Kazakhstan.

For more information, please contact Ms Elnura Abakanova, Communications Officer, EU Delegation to Kazakhstan, e-mail: @EUinKazakhstan