Image from Lviv. Lyhakiv Cemetery
Lyhakiv Cemetery: A place which has been connecting and dividing Poles and Ukrainians for hundreds of years. Established at the end of the 18th century, the Cemetery has witnessed many developments. Personalities important for both nations and both cultures, such as Maria Konopnicka, Gabriela Zapolska, Ivan Franko, Volodymyr Ivasiuk and many others have found a place there for their eternal rest.
In the mausoleum here, there are also Polish defenders of Lviv and the Ukrainian Sich Riflemen. One next to the other – the quarter of the Lviv Eagles next to the mausoleum of heroes of the Ukrainian Halicka Army. The negotiated agreement – a permit for the Eagles Cemetery in return for the mausoleum erected with funds from the Lviv city administration. The negotiations were ongoing throughout the 1990s and concerned details such as the content of the inscriptions. The agreements made at the level of central authorities and Presidents of the states were, regrettably, blocked a number of times by local councillors.
Today, we are connected through the freshly dug graves of those who have perished in the ATO zone, and it remains to be hoped that the connection will be a permanent one.