Korsun-Shevchenkivskyi district

Cherkаskа region

Victims: 1100

The Holodomor of 1932-1933 was a terrible page in the history of Ukrainians. It did not pass Sakhnivka village either. It is established that in those terrible years out 1100 out of 2000 inhabitants of Sakhnivka died, among them more than 400 children. There were cases of cannibalism.

In 1991, in the right part of the school park, a Well of Conscience was built by students, teachers, school staff and parents. It was one of the first monuments to the victims of the Holodomor in Ukraine. The well was created on the model of the artist Mykhailo Ivanovych Smyrnov, a former teacher of fine arts at the Sakhnivka School. It is a pentagonal pyramid. In three faces of it, the door is open, and in two only imitated. This is due to the fact that for the heroes of three of the five sculptural compositions surrounding the pyramid, there was still a chance to survive in those difficult times, and for two it was not. The author of the sculptural compositions is a graduate of the Sakhnivka school, a famous sculptor, medalist, graphic artist, and painter Ivan Kushch. In the center of the pyramid, there is the well itself. Graduates of that time began to build it in the summer of 1990. On the lower ring of the well, there are silver things (spoons, coins), so that the water in it was always healing. The names of people who died in 1932-1933 are engraved on the walls of grief. In the middle, there is the icon of the Mother of God, the savior of all human souls. At the top, there was previously a bell, which is now in the village church, moved there during its construction. Small bells below symbolize children’s souls, which will always remind future generations of those terrible times.