The Great Famine-Genocide in Soviet Ukraine (Holodomor)

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FAMINE VICTIMS NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE IN UKRAINE
  

Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association
National Day of Remembrance in Ukraine
December 21, 1998

 

The Ukrainian Canadian community has welcomed the Government of Ukraine's recent announcement that, henceforth, every fourth Saturday of November will be set aside for a NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE OF FAMINE VICTIMS. Between 1932-1933, millions of Ukrainians were starved to death by the Stalinist regime, in what remains one of Europe's least known but greatest acts of genocide. This politically engineered famine, which was denied by Soviet officials at the time and thereafter, took the lives of well over 7 million Ukrainians. Despite the fact that many Western governments knew what was happening in Ukraine they, and supporters of the Soviet regime, deliberately covered up this crime against humanity. To this day, Famine deniers remain active in some circles in North America and western Europe.

At a commemorative event held recently in the KYIV Philharmonic Hall, Ukraine's Vice Prime Minister, the Honourable VALERII SMOLII, recalled how "Ukrainians abroad consistently...felt it a matter of honour and national dignity to let the world community know the truth about this unparalleled Stalinist crime. They put together titanic efforts so that all would realize --- the Ukrainian Famine of 1933 stands on the level of the Armenian genocide and the Jewish Holocaust."

Commenting, the chairman of the UKRAINIAN CANADIAN CIVIL LIBERTIES ASSOCIATION, Mr John B Gregorovich, said: " We welcome the Government of Ukraine's official recognition of this genocide, which was probably the single-greatest crime against humanity perpetrated in 20th century Europe. We now call up the Government of Ukraine to do whatever still can be done to bring those responsible for this atrocity to justice. Regrettably, many of those who were Stalin's willing executioners remain unpunished for their crimes, living in Ukraine and abroad. The Government of Ukraine should bring those who remain in Ukraine to justice and should apply to various foreign countries for the extradition of all who willingly served Stalin and thus participated in the mass murder of millions of Ukraine's people. Certainly some of these communist war criminals are still alive, hiding in North America, Israel, western Europe and Russia."


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