We must acknowledge enormity of this atrocity

(The Ukrainian Weekly, October 14, 1984, No. 42, Vol. LII)

Mr. Chairman and members of the committee: the National Center for Urban/Ethnic Affairs (NCUEA) is delighted to respond to the request for testimony on H.R. 4459 by Honorable Daniel A. Mica, chairman of the Subcommittee on International Operations. In 1983, at the request of Dr. Myron Kuropas, the board of directors of the NCUEA passed a resolution to support and to urge inter-ethnic solidarity in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Great Famine in Ukraine. The NCUEA urged all to rally support in the face of the unspeakable evil and terrible suffering caused by the Great Famine.

Famine commission’s work will bear witness

(The Ukrainian Weekly, October 14, 1984, No. 42, Vol. LII)

Mr. Chairman, my name is David G. Roth, and I am the national ethnic liaison for the American Jewish Committee (AJC), this country’s pioneer human-relations organization. Founded in 1906, the AJC combats bigotry, protects the civil and religious rights of Jews at home and abroad, and advances the cause of improved human relations for all people everywhere. I am also representing the Illinois Consultation on Ethnicity in Education, of which I am staff coordinator.

Famine bill’s passage would be moral victory

(The Ukrainian Weekly, October 14, 1984, No. 42, Vol. LII)

Mr. Chairman and members of the subcommittee:

I am grateful to Chairman Dan Mica for scheduling these hearings on H.R. 4459, a bill that would establish a Congressionally chaired commission to study and report on the 1932-33 famine in Ukraine. I also thank Congressman James J. Florio, sponsor of H.R. 4459, and the 120 congressmen who joined as co-sponsors of this important legislation. It is a great honor for me to appear before the Subcommittee on International Operations on behalf of Americans for Human Rights in Ukraine (AHRU) and the Committee to Commemorate the 1932-33 Genocide Victims in Ukraine – representing a total of over one-half million Ukrainian Americans.

Study should be job of private sector

(The Ukrainian Weekly, October 14, 1984, No. 42, Vol. LII)

Thank you for giving me an opportunity to testify today on H.R. 4459, which proposes the creation of a commission on the Ukrainian famine. The Department of State welcomes Congressional interest in this terrible chapter in human history. As I testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee earlier this year, insufficient attention has been paid in the United States to the Great Famine of 1932-33, and to most Americans it remains a little-known event in the early history of the Soviet Union.

Study would break “wall of silence”

(The Ukrainian Weekly, October 14, 1984, No. 42, Vol. LII)

Mr. Chairman, I am pleased to testify in support of my bill, H.R. 4459, which calls for a Congressional study of the Ukraine famine of 1932-33. I would like to commend this subcommittee for scheduling a hearing and affording this issue the opportunity to be discussed and debated. Over 50 years ago, famine struck the Ukraine and resulted in the deaths of approximately 7 million people.

Knowledge can prevent tragedy’s recurrence

(The Ukrainian Weekly, October 14, 1984, No. 42, Vol. LII)

Mr. Chairman, I greatly appreciate this opportunity to testify before your subcommittee in support of H.R. 4459, legislation to create a committee to study the 1932-33 Ukrainian famine. Mr. Chairman, I want to particularly acknowledge your considerable efforts to schedule and hold these hearings. Although Congress will shortly adjourn, I hope that every effort will be made to move this legislation.

Ignorance is dangerous, needs to be remedied

(The Ukrainian Weekly, October 14, 1984, No. 42, Vol. LII)

Mr. Chairman, it is a great pleasure for me to testify before your subcommittee in support of H.R. 4459, establishing a commission to study the 1932-33 Ukrainian famine. Mr. Chairman, I commend you on your considerable efforts to arrange these important hearings. The Senate has passed identical legislation (S.

The famine: Stalin imposes a “final solution”

(The following article appeared in a recent issue of the journal Problems of Communism. Published in The Ukrainian Weekly: June 17-July 8, 1984)
PART I
After the harvest of 1932 millions of Ukrainians starved to death in one of the world’s most fertile regions. The local population had produced enough food to feed itself, but the state had seized it, thereby creating a famine by an act of policy. The areas affected were demarcated by internal administrative borders in the Soviet Union, leaving immediately adjoining areas virtually untouched. Thus, the famine appears to have been geographically focused for political reasons. Since it coincided with far-reaching changes in Soviet nationality policy, and since the areas affected were inhabited by groups, most resistant to the new policy, the famine seemed to represent a means used by Stalin to impose a “final solution” on the most pressing nationality problem in the Soviet Union.

The famine bill

Three weeks ago in this space, we urged all Ukrainians to ask their congressmen to support Rep. James Florio’s bill, HR 4459, that would establish a congressional commission to investigate the causes and implications of the Great Famine in Ukraine (1932-33). Today, we ask the same thing, with the added request that Ukrainians also contact their senators because the measure has now been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.)

Why write on the same issue twice in one month? Because the issue is an important one in the history of Ukrainian community life in the United States. If we coordinate our activities and channel our efforts to see to it that the bill gets passed, then we will show ourselves and our neighbors that we understand and are capable of working within the American government process. If we do nothing, if we fail to deluge our lawmakers with letters and telegrams, if we continue to shun the political mechanism, then we will only succeed in showing that we need not be taken seriously as a voting block.