Minneapolis Ukrainian center educates teachers, public about Holodomor

MINEAPOLIS – For the second consecutive year, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) at the University of Minnesota partnered with the Ukrainian American Community Center (UACC) in Minneapolis to educate teachers and the public about the Holodomor. “This valued partnership provides the UACC with a platform to raise awareness and promote Holodomor recognition,” stated Luda Anastazievsky, UACC programming director, who leads the  center’s outreach and education efforts.

In August 2019, CHGS had invited the Ukrainian center to present at a summer workshop for middle and high school teachers from the Twin Cities and around the country. This week-long educator for educators provided an introduction to the legal and social concepts of genocide, as well as historical and contemporary examples of genocide, including the Holocaust and the genocides in Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia and Ukraine.

Architect Larysa Kurylas speaks about the making of the Holodomor Memorial

WASHINGTON – The University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation began a five-month exhibition and associated events focusing on the process of creating a public U.S. memorial and, in particular, the work of one of its prominent graduates: the designer, architect and sculptor of the National Holodomor Memorial in our nation’s capital – Larysa Kurylas.

The Holodomor was Stalin’s infamous Famine-Genocide that killed at least 4 million Ukrainians in 1932-1933.

Survivor testimonies and presentations on the Holodomor now available online

MONTREAL – The Montreal restoration project of Holodomor resource material for educators and the general public, undertaken by Yurij Luhovy and Zorianna Hrycenko, provides additional resource materials on the Holodomor.

Filmed in 1983, the final two phases of a major three-part project which began in May 2018 and was completed by January 2020, has now been posted online. The Holodomor project, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the 1932-1933 Great Famine in Soviet Ukraine, leaves an important record of the work done in the diaspora to safeguard historical memory for future generations.

Twin Cities Ukrainians donate Holodomor oral histories to University of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – Ukrainian community members recently gathered at the University of Minnesota for a reception marking the official transfer of materials from a recently completed oral history project, titled “Holodomor Impact on Minnesota’s Ukrainian Community,” to the institution’s Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA). The event took place on November 20, 2019.
Professionally recorded video files and written, annotated transcripts of 11 interviews with Holodomor survivors, and children and grandchildren of survivors, will be permanently housed at the IHRCA, located at the University’s Elmer L. Andersen Library.

Remarks by Sen. Charles E. Schumer

Below is the text of remarks delivered by Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) on November 16 at the Holodomor commemoration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.

Good afternoon, everyone. It’s an honor and a privilege to be here with you.
I’d like to thank Andriy Futey, Tamara Olexy and the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America for organizing this meaningful remembrance.
I also want to recognize the Ukrainian ambassador to the United Nations, Volo­dy­myr Yelchenko, and the consul general, Oleksii Holubov, for being here with us today.
And if you can see close-up, I’m wearing yellow and blue in honor of the Ukrainian flag. May it wave forever!

Statement from U.S. Department of State

The following statement was made by U.S. State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus on November 23.

This November we honor and remember the millions of Ukrainians who perished 86 years ago during Holodomor, the catastrophic famine created by the barbaric policies of the Stalin regime.
Through the deliberate seizure of Ukrainian land and crops and forced collectivization, the Soviet Union caused widespread starvation and death and immeasurable human suffering.
While this horrific tragedy was one of the most atrocious of the 20th century, the Soviet Union could not break the spirit of the Ukrainian people.

New York Capital District’s community remembers victims of the Holodomor

COHOES, N.Y. – Members of the Ukrainian community of New York’s Capital District gathered on Saturday, November 16, to commemorate the victims of the Holodomor.
At 10 a.m., braving 20 degree temperature and a blustering wind chill, participants observed the Holodomor’s 86th anniversary with solemnity and reverence.
The program opened with the laying of a wreath at the Cohoes Holodomor Memorial located in a small meditation park, followed by the singing of the U.S. national anthem by Iryna Petryk.
Dr. Andrij Baran, chairman of the New York Capital District Holodomor Committee, then spoke about the “The History and Meaning of Holodomor,” reminding all why we were there. This was followed by a moment of silence.

Hartford school participates in Holodomor remembrance

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Hartford branch of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America organized the annual bus trip to the New York City Holodomor memorial service at St Patrick Cathedral on Saturday, November 16. Shown here are the students from St. Michael Ukrainian School of Hartford before the services.

Holodomor commemorated at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

NEW YORK – Ukrainian Americans gathered in New York City on Saturday, November 16, to remember the victims of Stalin’s Famine-Genocide – the Holodomor of 1932-1933.
Gathering at the landmark St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the heart of Manhattan, attendees were greeted by Metropolitan Antony of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A., prior to the start of the memorial ceremonies. As the Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of New York began singing, students from St. George Academy slowly processed up the nave of the cathedral followed by Holodomor survivor Nadia Severyn, who was escorted by her grandson, Bill Wieting.

Inaugural Holodomor Forum draws experts from across North America

Former U.S. Rep. Sander Levin honored for his long-time support of Holodomor issues

PHILADELPHIA – Delegates from across the United States and Canada met Friday, October 4, to Sunday, October 6, in Philadelphia at a Holodomor Forum organized by the U.S. Committee for Ukrainian Holodomor-Genocide Awareness.
Rather than an academic conference, the forum was organized as a working session for advocates to jointly lay out a blueprint to build on recent efforts to increase awareness of the Holodomor as follows: introduce a Holodomor curriculum at the state or local level; maintain a drumbeat of advocacy efforts for recognition of the Holodomor as a genocide; revoke New York Times correspondent Walter Duranty’s Pulitzer Prize; and increase media exposure of the Holodomor.