Listening to the Past, Looking into the Future

  On the 10th of December, 2013, we had an opportunity to visit the class led by professor Melnychuck Sergiy Havrylovich . We heard the facts about The Second World War from the witness point. It was the experience we wouldn’t find anywhere else.  No book could say as much as the person, who went through this at time.

His speech was substantial, interesting and made many people think about history from the other side. The special feature of it was absolutely realistic and sometimes unexpected description of human’s life. It was a story of a child who saw the death. Usually, saying the word “war” we thinking about some country’s fate, but this class turns our attention to the tragedy of a single person, to the tragedy of a family. Many men had to join the army to protect our country. All of them tried to save their family, their brothers and sisters, their parents. And, many of them were killed.  Mothers kept on waiting their sons back home, but everything that they heard in the end was “your son died as a hero”.  This was the war.  The whole generations were absorbed by it. The speaker, who saw The Great Patriotic War, his father who took part in The First World War, they all went through it.   In that way history becomes something more than only knowledge, you understand that once it was somebody’s life. 
Everyone present at the class had something to think at.  The classes like that can make people be more interested in politics, be more patriotic and active.


 

Memory is an important  link between past and future as there is no future without past.

 

68 years ago World War II finished but the memories are still alive. There are so few people left who gave something of themselves to protect each of us, to do what needed to be donefor our peaceful life and freedom.

  

Join us on Monday, 18 November 2013, 2 pm, Room 709 to listen to a veteran of World War II, a survivor of the Leningrad Blockade

 

 Poyedynok Anastasia Semenivna


 

 

The past is never dead

On 18th of November 2013 the English-Speaking Union Ukraine invited a veteran of World War II Anastasia Semenivna Poyedynok to share her memories with the students of the Faculty of Foreign Languages of Kirovograd State Pedagogical University.

Despite the fact that at a very young age Anastasia Semenivna experienced many tragic moments during the war and the Siege of Leningrad in particular, this wonderful lady radiates optimism and love to life. Although she was talking about very difficult and touching life situations she was full of energy and no tears appeared in her eyes. Not a single student was left indifferent listening to Anastasia Semenivna’s stories about World War II and the Siege of Leningrad.

Before the war Anastasia Semenivna lived in the suburbs of Leningrad  with her mother. She is a very active person and while young she was fond of skiing and took part in various skiing competitions. The life of a 16 -year old teenager was to change  -  the Siege of Leningrad began. For a young girl it was extremely difficult to survive eating only 150 grams of bread a day and seeing starving and deaths all around.  But she survived and then served in the Army. While serving the army Anastasia Semenivna met her future husband and they had two sons. She believed that after the war, her life would be happy, but a terrible accident happened with her elder son: he tragically died because his parachute did not open.

Every story of Anastasia Semenivna was full of true emotions. While listening we deeply empathized with her and felt all her grief and happiness.  An outstanding American writer William Faulkner once said: “The past is not dead! Actually, it is not even past.”  At the meeting with Anastasia Semenivna we went through the war years together with her and realized that the past makes our present and influences the future.  Every time looking into future we should not forget the past.  Let’s remember those who have given their lives for our country and our future and honour and support those who have gone through all the hardships of the World War II and live among us.

We are very grateful to Anastasia Semenivna Poyedynok for an opportunity to know firsthand about heroic events of World War II.

Olexander Tykholaz,

the student of the Faculty of Foreign Languages

Kirovograd State Pedagogical University