Participants of the symposium on the Holodomor at California State University, Fresno.

A first in California: symposium commemorates the Holodomor

FRESNO, Calif. – Quoting the Book of Matthew, the Rev. Gregory Zubacz of the Ukrainian Catholic Mission Church in Fresno, Calif., read the following beatitude: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.”

First in Ukrainian, then in English, the Rev. Zubacz stated, “Our hunger and thirst for the truth is why we have come together today, to demonstrate that the truth can never remain hidden, and to tell our story to the world. And by gathering here and doing so, we are plowing a field of justice in the world so that the seeds of true peace may grow for future generations to be nourished with. Where once was sown a bitter harvest may we now sow the seeds of hope so that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness may be satisfied.”

With his homily on the importance of truth the Rev. Zubacz set the tone for the first symposium on the Holodomor to be held in California. Ukrainians as a community share a common fate – the historical trauma of the Holodomor – the genocidal Famine of 1932-1933.

At the solemn commemoration of the Holodomor on Parliament Hill, members of Parliament and Ukraine’s ambassador to Canada with Holodomor survivors Dr. Julia Woychyshyn and Halyna Zelem.

Holodomor commemorated on Parliament Hill

OTTAWA – On November 20, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group and the Embassy of Ukraine in Canada held a well-attended, solemn commemoration in Canada’s Parliament to mark the 84th anniversary of the genocidal Holodomor. In 1932-1933, the totalitarian Soviet regime of dictator Joseph Stalin sentenced the Ukrainian nation to death by starvation. Millions of children, women and men were condemned to death because of the Ukrainian people’s aspiration for independence, and their desire to speak their language and maintain their culture and traditions. The UCC welcomed Holodomor survivors Dr. Julia Woychyshyn and Halyna Zelem, who lit the ceremonial candle at the beginning of the ceremony on Parliament Hill. The master of ceremonies of the commemoration was Member of Parliament Borys Wrzesnewskyj, chair of the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group.

A Holodomor-Genocide billboard on the Heavenly Hundred Alley in Kyiv.

UCCLA helps to raise awareness of the Holodomor in Ukraine

OTTAWA – Furthering its mandate to educate the public about the genocidal Great Famine of 1932-1933 in Soviet Ukraine, known as the Holodomor, the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association (UCCLA), working with the Free People movement in Ukraine, unveiled four bilingual billboards in Kyiv, reminding passers-by to ask themselves who perished, why and who was responsible. Commenting on this initiative the UCCLA’s chairman, Roman Zakaluzny, said: “The fourth Saturday of November is set aside in Ukraine and internationally as an annual day for remembering the many millions of Ukrainians starved to death during the Holodomor, in what was arguably one of the greatest genocides to befoul 20th century European history. We are particularly keen to demonstrate to the people of Ukraine how we have not forgotten who was responsible for this genocide. Nor do we forget that the perpetrators, their enablers and fellow travelers have not, and perhaps never will be, fully exposed and punished for what they did. Even so through our efforts we hallow the millions of victims and remind the living of why they must remain vigilant in defense of Ukraine.”

The panakhyda during the Holodomor commemoration.

Edmonton community remembers the Holodomor

EDMONTON, Alberta – Edmonton’s Ukrainian community joined communities around the world to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor with a solemn ceremony at City Hall. Attended by hundreds, the November 25 event also drew a large number of dignitaries. Orysia Boychuk, president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Edmonton Branch, opened the commemoration and acknowledged everyone for demonstrating their support for Holodomor remembrance. Briefly recounting the events of the Holodomor, she reiterated why it is important to remember not only the victims of the Famine-Genocide but also the reasons and consequences of this horrific event in Ukraine’s history. The commemoration began with a panakhyda conducted by nearly 20 members of Edmonton’s Ukrainian clergy, including Bishop Ilarion of Edmonton and the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada; and Bishop David Motiuk of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton.

Members of the Ukrainian American community of Oregon at the signing ceremony for the state’s Holodomor resolution (from left): David Olson, Ilya Globak, Iryna Zaverukha, Vadim Fabyanchuk, Walter Denysenko, State Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, Ukrainian Consul Alexander Krotenko, Dmytro Malifiy, Senate President Peter Courtney, Ihor Levkiv, Paul Terdal, Tatiana Terdal, Andrey Shulik, Oleksandr Moskal, Robert Roman Swystun,Tamara Denysenko, Nataliya Sereda, Ihor Ambroziak and State Rep. Carla C. Piluso.

Oregon designates Holodomor Remembrance Day

PORTLAND, Ore. – For the first time in its history, the Oregon legislature designated the fourth Saturday in November – November 25, 2017 – as Holodomor Remembrance Day in the state.

This legislation was introduced at the request of the local Ukrainian American community – another first in the history of the state. It was passed unanimously by both houses of Oregon’s legislature – the Oregon Senate and House of Representatives – and filed with the Oregon secretary of state on June 26.

In the Pennsylvania Senate Chambers (from left) are: State Sens. Art Haywood and Bob Mensch, Ulana Mazurkevich, Michael Sawkiw Jr., Eugene Luciw and State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf.

Holodomor-Genocide resolution passed in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. – On November 15, the Pennsylvania Senate approved Senate Resolution 244 designating November as “Ukraine Genocide Remembrance Month.”

In the resolution, the Senate recognizes that, “85 years ago, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and his totalitarian regime committed an act of genocide through the implementation of an engineered famine, confiscating land, grain and animals from the Ukrainian people, resulting in the death of up to 10 million innocent men, women and children.”

Students of Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Schools of Warren, Mich., with State Sen. Steven Bieda and teachers Iryna Svytka, Daria Krywyj Hreha and the event’s MC, Vera Andrushkiw.

Holodomor remembrance held in Michigan’s State Capitol

LANSING, Mich. – On November 2, a cold and rainy day, some 200 Michigan citizens of Ukrainian heritage gathered in the Rotunda of the Michigan Capitol to observe the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor. Arriving by bus and private automobiles, they came to pay tribute to the millions of innocent victims who perished in Ukraine during 1932-1933 as a result of the Soviet Russian government’s brutal plan to force all Ukrainian farmers to join government-controlled collective farms and to crush the Ukrainian resistance. Coming by bus were residents of the Metro Detroit area. Among them were elderly parishioners of St.

Andrew Stuttaford with New Jersey members of Ukrainian National Women’s League of America.

Andrew Stuttaford makes presentation on Holodomor

WHIPPANY, N.J. – On November 10, Ukrainian National Women’s League of America Branch 75 of New Jersey sponsored a presentation by the well-known opinion writer Andrew Stuttaford in observance of the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor in Ukraine. Mr. Stuttaford has frequently written on the subject of Eastern Europe, communism and the genocidal Holodomor in a wide range of publications that include The Wall Street Journal and the National Review, where he is a contributing editor.

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Holodomor Remembrance Day in Kyiv

KYIV – On November 25, President Petro Poroshenko honored the victims of the Holodomor, or forced famine, in which millions of Ukrainians died as a result of the genocidal policies pursued in 1932-1933 by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and carried out by his henchmen. The president laid ears of wheat and viburnum (kalyna) at the memorial cross on St. Michael’s Square in Kyiv. November 25 was Holodomor Remembrance Day, which is observed in Ukraine annually on the fourth Saturday in November.

Ukrainian American Veterans lead the solemn march from St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church to St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

New York march and requiem commemorate Ukraine’s Holodomor

NEW YORK – Over 1,000 Ukrainian Americans and supporters gathered in New York City on Saturday, November 18, to remember the victims of Stalin’s Famine Genocide – the Holodomor of 1932-1933. The day’s events began with a solemn procession from St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church in the East Village, and then up Third Avenue for two miles before arriving at the landmark St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the heart of Manhattan. With the assistance and escort of the New York Police Department’s 9th Precinct, marchers lined up behind a pick-up truck carrying a church bell from St.