E. Morgan Williams, Senior Advisor
U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF)
Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, November 21, 2003
Kyiv, Ukraine........Marka Ukrainy, the stamp publishing company
of the Ukraine postal service, Ukrposhta, issued a new holodomor
stamp on Friday, November 21, in memory of 70th anniversary of
the millions of victims of the death and terror by famine in Ukraine
The official day of commemoration of the genocidal famine and
political repressions in Ukraine is the fourth Saturday of November
which this year falls on November 22nd.
Ukraine. Holodomor 1932-1933. 45 kopiykas
(Click on images to enlarge them)
The new stamp features an old style white stone cross with the facial
image of a starving child in the center of the cross. To the left of
the cross are the dates 1932-1933 in red letters with a few heads of
On the right of the cross is the word Ukraina in white letters. At the
bottom of the cross in black letters is the word "holodomor" which
in Ukrainian means to kill by hunger, or torture with hunger and terror.
The first holodomor stamp was issued by Ukrposhta in 1993, the
60th anniversary of the genocidal famine in Ukraine. That stamp
featured a image of the holodomor monument erected in 1993 on
the square of St. Michael's Cathedral in Kyiv. 1993 was the first year
there was any large scale, highly visible recognition of the 1932-1933
genocidal famine in Ukraine.
Such information was not allowed publicly or officially in Soviet
Ukraine until the late 1980's. The first large commemoration activities
took place in 1993 after Ukraine declared its independence in August
of 1991 and the Soviet Union collapsed.
The holodomor stamp issued today was the second version of the
2003 stamp. The first version featured a family of five famine victims.
After information became available that the photograph on the stamp
was of a Russian family taken during the Soviet famine in 1921 Marka
Ukrainy decided to redesign the holodomor stamp.
Harvest of Despair. In Memory of the Holodomor Victims. First Day of Cancellation
Information about ordering the new holodomor stamp can be found
on the Marka Ukrainy website at: http://www.stamp.kiev.ua.