The WCM’s exhibition at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg has been on view from June 20 to 24, and in these four days, we have welcomed numerous dignitaries, including the President of Greece, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, the Finish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pekka Haavisto, but also the Dutch delegation led by the King of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, which also included the Minister for Legal Protection, Franc Weerwind.
The Dutch delegation, accompanied by the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Tiny Kox, was welcomed by the Founder and Managing Director of the War Childhood Museum, Jasminko Halilovic, and the Project Manager of the WCM in Ukraine, Svitlana Osipchuk.
King Willem-Alexander and Halilovic talked about the WCM’s office in the Hague, with Halilovic sharing more about the WCM’s plans for a temporary exhibition which will be hosted in the Hague City Hall later during the year. The Kind expressed particular interest in learning more about the Museum’s work concerning Srebrenica, and its video testimonies archive focusing on children’s experiences of the Srebrenica genocide.
The WCM Ukraine’s Project Manager, Svitlana Osipchuk, presented some of the ongoing activities of the Kyiv office, namely workshops for parents, teachers, and journalists aiming to shed light on how to talk about war with children, but also the recent evacuation of the WCM’s Ukraine collection to Lviv.
Following the exhibition at the Council of Europe, the War Childhood Museum’s exhibiting activities continue in Bihac, starting June 30, with traveling exhibitions set to visit Bratislava, Prague, the Hague, and Vienna later during the year.