The Great Famine-Genocide in Soviet Ukraine (Holodomor)

November, 21, 2003

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 in 1932-1933.

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 wheat.

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: