Daily update from Ukraine 3/11/12

Had an insane day today. I met up with a guide called Sasha (Alex) his family suffered during Holodomor and he is willing to share the family story with me.

First he explained how he had contacted other people he knows, who want to also share their story and told me that I could meet and stay with them Tuesday-Wednesday. Sasha also took me to a mass burial sight where thousands of Jews, Ukrainians and Polish were buried. Followed by a memorial sight where up to 120,000 Jews were slaughtered in 3 days. He truly brought the story alive.

So I will be meeting Sasha again tomorrow. The day will consist of a visit to the Holodomor memorial and who knows what else.

Having a guide like Sasha really changed how I view these places, you understand 100% of the story, instead of just looking up at statues and believing you understand because you have read something in a holiday guide.

About Samara Pearce

Ukraine 1933 & 2013

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