didn't have to ask if you had the right room. The photos on the
wall resembled figures you might have expected to have emerged from
the brush of Edvard Munch. Yet these were photographs of one of
the worst atrocities of Europe's history, the enforced famine in
Ukraine in 1932-1933. Many had gathered, at Teacher's House on 24
November, to see these photographs, but more importantly some of
the first paintings Ukrainians have been allowed to paint, commemorating
this tragic time. The paintings were from accurate scenes of the
famine, as retold by those who survived, to symbolic and often religious
The evening to 'celebrated the lives and honour the deaths of those
who had died in the famine', as organiser Morgan Williams described
it, combined folk ballads with prayers and historical explanations.
At one point, young children handed out seeds, ranging from school
children to the elderly. As Williams explained, "Over the past five
years, we have put together a visual representation of the Great
Famine, because what happened here must never be forgotten, or be
allowed to happen again.
History is may be, but the famine is only now being openly remembered:
the next generation of Ukrainians will be more aware of it."
Article by Joy Keel, "What's On" Magazine, No. 41/2000, December