War in Ukraine

9 September 2022: The “Refugee Reception Centre” in the city of Pidgorodne (near Dnipro) is currently hosting more than three thousand refugees. The number is constantly increasing due to the arrival of refugees from the south of Ukraine occupied by the Russian army. With the money sent by our association Ad Pacem were bought: a water heater with a pump to send hot water to the different bathrooms, a microwave oven and a fridge (300 l) with a freezer part.The money came from the appeal for donations during the month of July in the municipality of Differdange (L) and from a solidarity concert organisedon 24 August 2022 in the small town of Serra Sant Abbondio (Marche region) in Italy. 

General meeting

Report of our 5th General Assembly 2022

Contents:

  • Welcome and war in Europe
  • The first “Bike for climate – bike for peace”
  • Operation Igor
  • Peace march in Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • The second “Bike for climate – bike for peace”
  • Invitation Ihor Kozlovsky
  • Ad Pacem 2022 calendar sale
  • Financial report 2021
  • Our support for Ukrainian scholarship holders and patients in 2021
  • Conference with Mrs Galina Ackerman on 7 May 2022
  • Updated charter of projects and objectives of the association

On Saturday 26 March 2022 the board of the association “Ad Pacem servandam – For Peace and Against War” held its fifth general assembly online. Four of the board members were present, Mr. Anselmo Malvetti excused himself for professional reasons. Several members were also excused.

Opening of the meeting

After giving a general overview of the items on the agenda, President Claude Pantaleoni explained why since 24 February Europe has entered a new area of conflict. The period of peace that had preserved our continent since 1945 was over. Therefore, in recent weeks, all the activities of the association have been focused on organising humanitarian aid sent to Ukraine and receiving Ukrainian refugee families in our Greater Region. He spoke about the many difficulties in finding people willing to take in mothers with their children, especially when these people have space. He then went on to give an overview of the activities carried out during the year 2021.

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Newsletter-en, Support actions

Newsletter no. 16 – Call for help

In recent days, the war situation in Ukraine has deteriorated dramatically. Millions of Ukrainians are on the run and many more are preparing to flee Russian bombing raids on populated centres and civilians.

You can help in the following two ways:

  1. Many refugees come to us with their whole family, sometimes with a cat or dog.
    We are looking for families or individuals who are willing to host in their homes or in one of their spare houses/apartments, families consisting of:
    – a mother with two or three children,
    – a couple with their two or three children, or
    – a family with an elderly person.
    Please write to us at [email protected] if you are willing and able to host such a family.
  2. We are also currently organising help in Ukraine with a Greek Catholic priest and his parish. He himself receives a list of medicines from doctors working in the hospitals, which are essential for treating the sick and injured.
    We send him the necessary money via WesternUnion so that he can buy these medicines in pharmacies. Part of the money will be used to buy food for internal refugees.

Our account: IBAN LU28 0099 7800 0064 0276
at the Caisse Rurale Raiffeisen (CCRALULL) in Luxembourg

Thank you for helping the refugees and wounded of the war in Ukraine.

Claude Pantaleoni
President

Newsletter-en, Support actions

Ad Pacem NEWSLETTER n. 15 – War in Ukraine

We from “Ad Pacem” are currently organising humanitarian aid for Ukrainians (refugees) in the west of the country.
You can help in the following two ways:

  1. Because of the war, there is a shortage of basic materials and medicines. If you have any of the materials and/or medicines, dressings, and instruments on the attached list, you can drop them off this Thursday or Friday from 4pm to 7.30pm at these three addresses:
    • 16 route d’Errouville, 54680 Crusnes (France)
    • 76 rue Henri Bessemer, 4516 Differdange (Luxembourg)
    • 21 rue Henri Luck, 3737 Rumelange (Luxembourg)
  2. You can make a donation on our account with the mention “food and medicine donation”. The money will be sent to our partners on the spot to buy food and medicine in the markets and shops in Western Ukraine. Some medicines that would not be available there will be purchased here.
    These medicines and food supplies are for refugees arriving from major cities exposed to intense Russian shelling.
    IBAN: LU28 0099 7800 0064 0276
    BIC: CCRALULL (Banque Raiffeisen Luxembourg)

We thank you in advance for your help and generosity!
Please share this newsletter with your friends!

Claude Pantaleoni
President

Trips

There will be no peace in the Balkans without peace between religions

The Association Committee “Ad Pacem servandam” held its peace march this year in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The aim of the march was to attend important war sites from World War II and the Bosnian War (1992-1995) to see if the consequences of these wars can still be felt today.

After spending several days trekking in unique mountainous terrain, we visited war museums and monuments in Mostar and Sarajevo. During meetings with representatives of the religious communities we learned how difficult their coexistence is today. The wounds of the Bosnian wars are not yet healed. In Jablanica we also had the opportunity to learn about the aftermath of the Battle of Neretva.

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Concerts, Conferences, Meetings and testimonies

Our guest – Ihor KOZLOVSKY

Our association Ad Pacem servandam – For Peace and Against War – is organizing two public lectures to spread the truth about the war in Eastern Ukraine.

Our speaker, Mr. Kozlovsky, is a Ukrainian historian and religious researcher, poet, writer and essayist.
He participated in the Euromaidan protests in Donetsk, the capital of Ukraine’s Donbass, when Russian special forces entered eastern Ukraine and occupied the city. He was one of the organizers of the Interreligious Prayer Marathon for the Unity of Ukraine (March-November 2014, Donetsk).

On January 27, 2016, he was captured by fighters of the “Donetsk People’s Republic” and remained in captivity for almost two years (700 days) until December 27, 2017.
Since his release, Kozlovsky has been actively engaged in campaigning for the release of Ukrainian prisoners in the Donbass and Crimea.

Ad Pacem is organizing three meetings to give Mr. Kozlovsky the opportunity to talk about this cruel and still ongoing war.
It will be possible to ask him questions directly, with translation on the spot.

The three public events

  1. On Friday, October 15, at 8:00 p.m., his testimony will take place in Luxembourg, in the commune of Mersch, in Lintgen, 17 rue du cimetière.
  2. On Saturday, October 16, at 10:30 a.m., a public conference will be held in France at the Maison pastorale in Mont-St-Martin, 1 avenue du bois.
  3. On Saturday, October 16 at 4:00 p.m., a charity concert for civilian victims of the war in Ukraine will be held in the church of Notre Dame de Villerupt (Place Jeanne d’Arc) in France.

The organist from Longwy, Mrs. Marie-Paule Baumgartner-Sendron, and her students Laura and Daniel Pantaleoni will play works by Bach, Pachelbel, Boely, Vierne and others.
In the middle of the concert, Mr. Kozlovsky will talk about the war in Ukraine.
Light refreshments will be offered at the end of the concert.

The anti-COVID19 rules in force will be observed.

For those who cannot travel to Luxembourg or France, Ad Pacem will organize a live streaming of the conference on Saturday morning.

Support actions

Success of the “Igor” operation

In Newsletter No. 10 we made an appeal to support the urgent operation of Igor, a civilian victim who was seriously injured in February 2021 during clashes between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists.

Since then, Igor has been waiting at home for the possibility of an operation. But the family could not raise the money needed to pay for the operation. In the meantime Igor’s condition was getting worse.

At the end of April, we heard about his case from someone we knew. We decided to pay the costs of the operation and all the necessary treatments.

In May the operation, which had been postponed several times, could be performed. It was an operation that lasted from morning to night and where all the pieces of projectiles that Igor had received in the abdomen were removed. And his organs were put back in their place. Igor was in hospital for a month and went through a very tough post-operative period.

Today he has returned home and continues daily rehabilitation treatment in hospital. For weeks he will have to keep a strict diet but will remain disabled for the rest of his life. In a recent phone call, he thanked our association and all the donors who spontaneously made a donation to save his life.

Newsletter-en, Support actions

Igor, civilian victim of the war in Eastern Ukraine

The war in Eastern Ukraine, which has almost disappeared from our media, continues to claim victims every day. Here is an urgent case that our association “Ad Pacem” has decided to support these days, if it is possible with your help.

It is an urgent operation for young Igor, a civilian victim wounded by stray bullets on the front line. His family does not have the money to pay for the operation and his stay in hospital.

Urgent surgery

In recent weeks, shooting has increased on the frontline where the Ukrainian army and Russian-armed separatists face each other. Many families continue to live there because they cannot flee elsewhere, having any friends or family to take them in.

This is the case of 22-year-old Igor, who lives with his father (who earns his living from temporary jobs) in a village near the front line.

At the end of February, he was in his garden when he was seriously wounded by stray bullets to the abdomen and hand. A first operation was carried out to urgently and temporarily treat his abdominal wound and remove two fingers. The second and more important operation was postponed several times because of the Covid health crisis in the region. We know that his father’s financial situation does not allow him to pay for this second operation, which should take place next Wednesday, 19th of May. But it will only be done if he pays the hospital in advance and brings the medicines he has bought in advance. The surgeon advised him not to buy Russian medicines, which are cheaper but also of much lower quality and ineffective for this operation.

It was through a good acquaintance whom we have been helping for years that we were put in touch by phone with Igor’s desperate father. The operation is necessary to save the life of his son, who will have to stay in hospital for at least twenty days with special treatments. And it is also up to the father to buy all the medicines for after the operation.

According to the information we have at the moment, the expenses for Igor’s operation amount to €800, the purchase of medicines to €400, the hospitalization with special medicines to €400. It is important to know that an average worker earns at best 150 € per month in the territories occupied by the pro-Russian separatists, which is not the case for Igor’s father who has no paid job.

We appeal to your generosity to help Igor. Every donation, no matter how small, will make a difference.

You can make your donation to our bank account IBAN LU28 0099 7800 0064 0276 (BIC: CCRALULL) with the mention “Operation Igor”.

Thank you all very much! We will keep you informed about the follow-up of this urgent help in the coming weeks.

General meeting

The fourth General Assembly 2021

On Saturday, March 6, the committee of the association Ad Pacem servandam (For Peace and Against War) held its fourth general assembly online. All the members of the board were present, 18 members of the association followed the meeting online, and 22 people apologized.

After giving a general overview of the different items on the agenda, President Claude Pantaleoni reviewed all the activities and operations for the year 2020.

The vice-president, Mrs. Natalya Pantaleoni, presented the aid to the victims of the war in Eastern Ukraine as well as the three new scholarship holders from this region that Ad Pacem has been supporting for a few months.

An important point of the 2020 activities was the elaboration of the Ad Pacem 2021 calendar. It was based on photos taken by four members of the association during the Peace March that runs along the front line of the Great War between 1915 and 1918 between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was sold in parishes, high schools, and among members and friends.

Mr. Christian Welter, the treasurer, presented a detailed financial report for the year 2020 which was validated by the auditor Mr. Patrice Picart.

The committee is pleased to announce the acceptance of a new member, Mr. Laurent Tran Van Mang. The last items on the agenda concerned the next Peace March that the association plans to make in Bosnia-Herzegovina on the traces of the Balkan wars of the 1990-s. It also plans some outings with young people (bike trips, museum visits, etc.) and plans meetings with war victims.

Support actions

PEACE MARCH ON THE WAR FRONT 1915-18

For one week, from Monday 7 September to Friday 11 September 2020, some of our members walked a stretch of the 650 km “Sentiero della Pace” (Path of Peace), which runs along the Italian or”Alpine front”of the First World War. It was here that the Italian and Austro-Hungarian armies faced each other between 1915 and 1918. The chosen route is located in the Pre-Alps of Vicenza, near the town of Rovereto and Lake Garda.

The aim was to discover, in places of the “Great War”, as the Italians call the First World War, the very harsh reality of a mountain war – little known in Europe – although it claimed about one million victims in the military corps of both countries.

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Conferences

Presentation by Mr Gabriel Becker

The Ban Saint-Jean camp in Moselle (F)

On Saturday 29 February 2020, our association “For peace and against war” invited Mr Gabriel Becker, from Lorraine, to present the Nazi camp of Ban St-Jean in Moselle (F) on the 20th “Salon du Livre et des cultures” in Luxembourg. This camp is in fact a mass grave containing the remains of 20,000 Soviet prisoners of the Second World War.

Before giving the floor to the guest, the President of the Association, Mr Claude Pantaleoni, introduced Mr Becker and his research work within the AFU (French-Ukrainian Association), which is responsible for the rehabilitation of the camp.

The mass grave of Ban St-Jean is in Moselle, near Boulay, about one hour from Luxembourg. Gabriel Becker, a retired German teacher, has been researching testimonies, archive documents and memorabilia for twenty years to save the history of this Soviet prison camp from oblivion. He is vice president and co-founder of the Franco-Ukrainian Association (AFU), which works to preserve the camp.

Becker has published four books in which he explains the drama of the last world war and the ups and downs of the camp’s rehabilitation.

Nazi transit camp

The speaker began by explaining that the local population did not want to deal with this camp after the war and did everything they could to forget the place, partly because the people were worried about their survival and were busy with the difficult organisation of their daily lives.

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Conferences

Our guest at the 20th “Salon du Livre et des cultures du Luxembourg” – Gabriel BECKER

Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 3:30 pm

LUXEXPO KIRCHBERG LUXEMBOURG, 2nd floor

“The BAN SAINT-JEAN: Fighting for the memory of a Ukrainian and Soviet prison camp in the Moselle”

 

Gabriel Becker, a retired professor of German, has been collecting testimonials, archive documents and memorabilia for the past twenty years to bring back to life the history of this prison camp. He is the author of four books on the subject:

  • Le camp du BAN SAINT-JEAN (1941-1944), Lumière sur une honte enf(o)uie
  • Le drame ukrainien en France (Moselle) (1941-1944), Mementote…
  • Camp du Ban Saint-Jean, Moselle, La Revie
  • Camp du Ban Saint-Jean Moselle, Nadejda : Espoir

He is vice-president and co-founder of the Association Franco-Ukrainienne (AFU) for the rehabilitation of the Ban Saint-Jean mass grave near Boulay, Moselle.

During his lecture, he will present the twists and turns of the dark history of this transit camp (300,000 prisoners) and death camp (22,000 dead).

General meeting

Minutes of our 3rd General Assembly 2020

The third General Assembly of our association “For Peace and Against War” was held on Wednesday 5 February 2020 on the 1st floor of the regional cultural centre “Aalt Stadhaus”, 38 avenue Charlotte in Differdange (L).
The president, the vice-president and the secretary were present for the committee, the treasurer being excused, leaving a proxy to the secretary Christian Welter. Sixteen members were present in the room, while twenty-three had sent apologies.
After welcoming everyone, the president gave a detailed report of all the activities, related to the three objectives of the association, that it had organised during 2019.

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Support actions

Musical instruments for young people in Avdiivka

Our non-profit organisation “Pour la Paix et contre la Guerre” financed and sent in 2019 all the musical instruments to a group of young people who want to oppose music to war.

Avdiivka is an industrial town in Ukraine, which borders the town of Donetsk controlled by pro-Russian militias. In the pre-war period, i.e. before 2014, cultural life was mainly concentrated in Donetsk. In Avdiivka there were only factories and dormitory towns. Since the summer of 2014, the inhabitants of Avdiivka have been living close to the front line.
A Ukrainian-patriotic couple, Svetlana and Oleksiy Savkevych, have been working since the beginning of the war to promote leisure activities for the young people of their town. In May 2018, they even managed to organise a festival of Ukrainian culture in Avdiivka.
This festival generated great interest in music among young people. That is why Oleksiy wanted to find and set up a music room for young people. It should be a space where young people could meet each other away from the streets and war, learn from each other and make music together.

In the beginning, the young people met in garages and abandoned houses and formed a rock band. They had poor quality guitars and only one old drum kit, which a local woman had given them as a gift. Broomsticks were used to hold the microphones. Oleksiy asked the city council and political leaders to give him a room where young people could continue to make music.
In December 2018, our association contacted Oleksiy Savkevich and offered to organise a charity concert for the benefit of young musicians in Avdiivka, so that the instruments could be financed. We then invited Oleksiy and his daughter Marika to our home. On March 24, 2019, we organized a big charity concert in Villerupt (France).
The day before, on 23 March, at the end of the mass in the church of Bascharage, Oleksiy spoke about the dangers and difficulties of daily life in Avdiivka, his hometown near the front. On this occasion, people also made donations to the project.
Thanks to the donations from Bascharage and the profits from the charity concert in Villerupt, we were able to buy the following equipment: three electric guitars, two acoustic guitars, a bass guitar, four amplifiers, a keyboard, a mixing table, two microphones, two stands and the necessary cables. The material was sent to Avdiivka at the end of December 2019. In the meantime, a large room in a school in the town has been made available to the young people for their “music room” project. They have renovated this room, and since January 2020 they have been playing music there in peace and freedom.