The Great Famine-Genocide in Soviet Ukraine (Holodomor)


The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC)
Lviv, Ukraine, May 13, 2003


During a press conference 13 May 2003, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) supported the initiative of an interregional civic union, "The Organization of Patriots of Ukraine," to conduct a research expedition dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Soviet-imposed famine in Ukraine in 1932 and 1933.

Christian groups, public organizations and researchers from Ukraine and all over the world are expected to be involved in the expedition.

The UGCC was the first church to support this initiative, later joined by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate expressed its support of the idea, but has not yet given official consent.

The expedition will be headed by Anna Semeniuk, head of the "The Organization of Patriots of Ukraine," and Redemptorist Fr. Mykhailo Voloshyn the UGCC said in their press conference statement.

The organizers have set the following objectives for the expedition: to arrange the burial places of the famine victims and serve memorial services for them; to research long-term consequences of the famine and their impact on social and political processes in the regions that suffered the greatest losses; to acquaint the world community with the most heinous crime against humanity, which was perpetrated in Ukraine in 1933; to consolidate Ukrainian society on the basis of its tragic history; to conduct an international scholarly conference entitled "Physical and Spiritual Genocide Against the Ukrainian Nation. Methods. Problems. Consequences."

The organizers are planning that the expedition will be held in five stages.

The first stage began on 14 May and will last till 30 May, covering the Kherson, Mykolayiv, Odesa and Vinnytsia regions.The expedition will also entail ecological, social and economic monitoring, medical check-ups with ultrasound diagnosing for local inhabitants, and audio and video recording of witnesses' interviews, the UGCC stated.

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