"Our Ukraine" Press, www.razom.org.ua, Kyiv, Ukraine,
Wed, May 5, 2004
|KYIV - My heart bled when I learned about this great loss. James Mace - an
eminent scientist and a remarkable person - passed away. An American
professor and academic scientist had a unique feature, rare in our times:
complete integrity, he wanted to learn the truth and spoke nothing but the
It was not a coincidence that James Mace was invited to the United States'
Congress committee on investigating the 1932-33 famine in Ukraine - his
absolute honesty and integrity guaranteed objective conclusions.
Victor Yushchenko, Member of Parliament,
Head of "Our Ukraine" Bloc, former Prime Minister
The work at the committee became his calling. He was one of the authors of
the White book on the famine, which had been caused by the communist regime.
His efforts broke the wall of silence that surrounded one of the gravest
crimes of the XX century. Millions of people who were tormented to death
[touch a chord in the global conscience] and reminded the world about the
tragic fate of the Ukrainian people, about Ukraine, which was not even on
the map then.
Nevertheless, James Mace was able to see the strong character of the
Ukrainians in that great tragedy. He believed in Ukraine and made his
choice - decided to live in it and work for the sake of its future.
|He lived in Kyiv for the last ten years, taught at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy,
edited a newspaper and a magazine, and wrote scientific articles. He was a
very important figure: he was one of the pillars that supported an
intellectual bridge between Ukraine and the surrounding world and did
everything in his power to energize movement over that bridge.
James Mace told the world about us through the language of "truth and
and taught that language to our students.
He departed this life before time because his heart felt all the pain that
was collected in the multi-volume book about the famine - the main one in
His life became an example of truth and love that Ukraine will not forget.
James Mace, Historian, Teacher, Author
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