WASHINGTON – Congressional Ukrainian Caucus co-chairs, Reps. Sander Levin (D-Mich.), Andy Harris (R-Md.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), on November 7 introduced a resolution commemorating the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor Famine-Genocide. The resolution honors the estimated 7 million to 10 million Ukrainian people who perished at the will of the totalitarian Stalinist Government of the former Soviet Union, which perpetrated a premeditated famine in the winter of 1932-1933 in Ukraine in a concerted effort to break the nation’s resistance to Communist occupation. “We must solemnly remember the millions of Ukrainians who lost their lives in the Holodomor Famine-Genocide and shine a spotlight on the truth. This monument represents our hopes, our shared values and the humanity that binds us,” the members said.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Anne Applebaum spoke to a packed auditorium at Harvard University’s Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS) on the topic “The Holodomor Reconsidered: The Bolshevik Revolution and the Ukrainian Famine.”
The talk was part of a retrospective series of special events sponsored by the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute (HURI) that takes a new look at “Ukraine in the Flames of the 1917 Revolution.”
ByMark Temnycky / Special to The Ukrainian Weekly |
NEW YORK – Before a capacity audience, The Ukrainian Museum hosted Anne Applebaum, noted author and historian, a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and a columnist for The Washington Post, to discuss her new book “Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine.”
In her book, Ms. Applebaum argues that the Holodomor, or forced famine, was a deliberate attempt by Joseph Stalin to crush opposition within Ukraine by destroying the Ukrainian peasantry. It was, she argues, a genocide under the definition of the crime by Raphael Lemkin, the lawyer who coined the term in the 1940s. “Red Famine” has been positively reviewed by several newspapers, including The Guardian and The New York Times. The book has gained traction within the Ukrainian American community, and the October 22 author’s presentation at The Ukrainian Museum sold out all 150 tickets. Hanya Krill, who directs programs and marketing at the museum, provided a brief background on the author.
WASHINGTON – From the fall of 1932 through 1933, the Soviet regime under Joseph Stalin committed two heinous crimes. It deliberately and systematically starved to death 7-10 million Ukrainians and then effectively manipulated the world media to conceal the crime, providing a template for a subterfuge that continues today. In the service of preventing the recurrence of such horrific events, the U.S. Committee for Ukrainian Holodomor-Genocide Awareness invites the world community to join in the continuing exposure and commemoration of this man-made famine known as the Holodomor on the occasion of its 85th anniversary. The Holodomor – “murder by starvation” – was created by confiscating foodstuffs and using blockades to prevent the starving from seeking food elsewhere. Entire villages became silent as children and adults succumbed to hunger.
BROOKLINE, Mass. – The associates and staff of the national teacher resource site “Facing History and Ourselves,” which is headquartered in Brookline, Mass., were briefed on the history and political background of the Holodomor by the notable historian Serhii Plokhii, the director of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. Dr. Plokhii’s presentation on May 15 included interactive maps of Ukraine and outlined the areas of the country affected by the famine. Using these maps, Dr. Plokhii disproved the position of the Russian government that the Holodomor was part of a natural area-wide famine. Dr. Plokhii also outlined the political and cultural motivations of the Stalin regime in seeking to dampen the Ukrainian movement toward national identity.
HAMTRAMCK, Mich. – On May 11, 2017, Bank Suey, a new and unique lecture and discussion venue in Hamtramck, Mich., featured a lecture by Vera Andrushkiw about the Holodomor, the Great Famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine. Ms. Andrushkiw, an active member of the Ukrainian American community in Metropolitan Detroit and currently the president of the Detroit Regional Council of the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America (UNWLA), presented a thorough and somber picture of the Soviet government’s brutal and intentionally merciless forced collectivization of Ukrainian farmers, which resulted in the horrific deaths of millions of men, women and children. The audience of Detroit-area residents came away with an understanding of the irredeemably evil nature of the Russian Communist system, and the sufferings which it willfully imposed upon millions of innocent human beings. Ms. Andrushkiw, who has taught at the Immaculate Conception High School, Wayne State University, the University of Michigan and Harvard University, has been a frequent speaker about the Holodomor, exposing an ever-larger public to the tragic topic.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Educators from across Canada, the United States and Ukraine assembled in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to attend the second Holodomor Education Conference: “Education–Awareness–Action” (HEC-2017) on May 5-7, at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). The conference was organized by the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC) of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) at the University of Alberta, and held in cooperation with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The organizing committee included Valentina Kuryliw, director of education (HREC) and committee chair, Sophia Isajiw and Oksana Levytska of Toronto, and Val Noseworthy, Irka Balan, Dr. Orest Cap and Dr. Denis Hlynka of Winnipeg. The HEC-2017 conference brought together 120 education professionals, who teach from kindergarten to the university level. Educators of senior grades made up approximately half of the participants, while the primary and middle years were well represented.
BOSTON – The Holodomor, the Famine-Genocide perpetrated by Joseph Stalin against the people of Ukraine in 1932-1933, continued to receive attention in Boston’s annual Walk Against Genocide. The fourth annual walk on April 30 began at the New England Holocaust Memorial, located near historic Faneuil Hall. Participants, consisting of representatives of other nations that were victims of genocides and the public, listened as Ukrainian American attorney Paul Thomas Rabchenuk explained the roots of the term “Holodomor.” It was apparent that, although the crowd appreciated Mr. Rabchenuk’s definition of death by hunger, the term itself had already achieved familiarity. The progress made by the Greater Boston Holodomor Remembrance Committee, which Mr. Rabchenuk chairs, through its aggressive educational efforts had moved the Holodomor from an unknown or forgotten genocide to a recognizable historical event. Following the presentation of brief historical background, Mr. Rabchenuk also shared the experiences of Ivan J. Danilenko, a Holodomor survivor who testified before the U.S. Commission on the Ukraine Famine.
TORONTO – Dr. Myroslava Antonovych delivered a lecture titled “Specificities and Commonalities of the Holodomor in the Context of Genocides in the First Half of the 20th Century” at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, on April 19. Dr. Antonovych is director of the Center for International Human Rights and associate professor of the Faculty of Law at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Dr. Antonovych presented a comparative analysis of the Holodomor with other genocides in the first half of the 20th century – namely, the Armenian genocide of the Ottoman Empire and the Holocaust of Nazi Germany. The Holodomor has yet to be thoroughly examined in comparative perspective as a crime of genocide committed by Joseph Stalin’s regime against the Ukrainian nation, she noted. Among the reasons for this, Dr. Antonovych explained, was that for more than 50 years the Holodomor was a hidden genocide, denied by the Soviet Union and, after its break-up, by the Russian Federation.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington and the Ukrainian Museum-Archives (UMA) of Cleveland have signed a cooperation agreement to digitize UMA’s collection of archived materials from post-World War II Displaced Persons (DP) camps. The agreement was signed on February 6 at the Holocaust Museum in Washington by UMA Acting Director Andrew Fedynsky and USHMM Collections Director Michael Grunberger, as witnessed and applauded by representatives of their museums, the U.S. government, and Ukrainian American and other interested organizations. Opening the event, Mr. Grunberger noted that digitalizing UMA’s collection – “one of the world’s most important collections of Ukrainian history and culture” focusing on the post World War II period – will help “ensure that our collections document the stories of non-Jewish victims of Nazi persecution as well.” And having that information digitalized will make it available “to anyone, anywhere and anytime.”
Also focusing on the importance of having this information available to all, Mr. Fedynsky stressed that it is needed by people and nations as well. “If you don’t have a past, you don’t have a future,” he said. “That’s why we have a Holocaust Museum.