The Great Famine-Genocide in Soviet Ukraine (Holodomor)

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THE TROUBLE OVER THE FAMINE COMMEMORATIVE IS, FINALLY, STAMPED OUT
  

THE EAR, By Jim Davis, Special political correspondent
Kyiv Post, Kyiv, Ukraine, Oct 30, 2003

After an international furor of considerable proportions, Ukraine's postage stamp publishing house, Marka Ukrainy, has come up with a new version of the stamp that was to commemorate the 1932-33 famine. The earlier version was found to depict victims from an earlier famine in Russia, not Ukraine.

Holodomor. Ukraine. 1932-1933. 45 kopiykas

We have seen a copy of the newly chosen version of the stamp, and feel constrained to comment that it is a much less attractive stamp than the first one. However, the first was unusable because of its cultural and political connection with Russia. The version of the new stamp that we have is not of publishable quality, but we hope to be able to print it in color in a future edition of the paper.

One thing that is certain is that the artwork on the new stamp is designed to sidestep altogether the issue of national identity, since the rather stark design is untraceable to any nation. Strangely enough, however, the art will remind many of the haunted face of the woman in the famous drawing "The Scream," by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. At least this time no one will be screaming that the stamp might get identified with Russia rather than Ukraine.


The Kyiv Post, Thursday, October 30, 2003
http://www.kyivpost.com/opinion/theear/19326/
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