A Real «League of Nations»
This event stood out for its brightness and its extraordinary character. For the first time representatives of almost all the country’s national communities gathered at a common feast. It became possible thanks to the efforts of the Committee on Religions and Nationalities under the Council of Ministers
The honourable bibliographer Galina Kalyuzhnaya is Ukrainian. Her story is of a different kind. Thanks God, with no extreme. It was not misfortune or disaster, but peaceful family circumstances, profession and even romanticism that drew many Soviet Union’s citizens away from home in the soviet times. But people even many years after do not forget their roots. “And you needn’t do it”, they are told in Belarus. And that is why the State opens national kindergartens and schools, helps to set up national NGOs to support the native culture and traditions. Alongside with the protection of each person’s rights as the rights of citizens of the Belarusian state where everyone is equal irrespective of the skin colour, eye shape and faith.
Azeri, Lithuanians, Moldavians, Jews, Armenians, Germans, Palestinians, Afghani, Gypsy… Indeed, that snowy winter night the Palace of Culture of the Tractor Works gathered a real “league of nations”. Our, Belarusian one. The atmosphere was easy and sparkling. But everyone understood that behind the seeming nonchalance there is a lot of work and responsibility: of the authorities, of every participant, of every one of us. It cannot be otherwise. Peace and calm at home are reliable things, but, unfortunately, still very fragile.
by Galina Bratko