The Great Famine-Genocide in Soviet Ukraine (Holodomor)


By Vlad Lavrov,  Information Service (ARTUIS)
Kyiv, Ukraine, August 21, 2003

KYIV.........A memorial requiem in commemoration of Ukraine's genocidal famine victims 1932-1933, organized by the VIII Ukrainian World Congress, (VIII UWC) was held in Kyiv on Wednesday, August 20, 2003.

Carrying a large banner inscribed with the message "VIII Ukrainian World Congress in Memory of the Victims of Holodomor 1932-1933 in Ukraine' the UWC procession of nearly 500 persons moved from the Teachers House where all events of the Congress were taking place, along Volodymyrska street to the Monument to the Victims of Famine located on Mykhailivska square.

At the head of the column was Patriarch Lubomyr Huzar of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church who was joined at the Famine Monument by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Clergy and its Patriarch Filaret, to conduct the joint memorial service honoring the victims of famine. Despite the heavy rain there were around 1,000 people who participated in the memorial service.

The UWC procession in front of the St. Sophia Cathedral in downtown Kyiv photo
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After the memorial service there were several speakers. Wreaths of flowers were then laid at the monument including ones from the UWC, UCCA, UPA, the Canadian Embassy, Plast Ukrainian youth organization, and other Ukrainian and international organizations.

To close the commemoration service the Kyiv folk choir "HOMIN" performed a song dedicated to the victims of famine, and the anthems "Bozhe Velykiy Yedynyi" and "Shche Ne Vmerla Ukrayina", after which everybody present could light candles and place them in front of the monument.

Askold Lozynsky, President of the UWC speaks during the ceremony photo

Patriarch Lubomyr Huzar of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (left) and Patriarch Filaret of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchy) in front of the Famine Memorial during the service photo