The Great Famine-Genocide in Soviet Ukraine (Holodomor)

UKRAINE FAMINE (1932-1933)

HON. SANDER M. LEVIN of Michigan
in the House of Representatives


Mr. Speaker,

I rise today to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the Ukrainian Famine of 1932 to 1933.

The Famine was engineered as part of Stalin's genocidal policy toward the Ukrainian people, and resulted in the deaths of at least seven million innocent men, women and children. Though these deaths were covered up and denied for decades by the government of the former Soviet Union, the truth surrounding these tragic events have been documented by witnesses and survivors, as well as investigative works like Robert Conquest's Harvest of Sorrow and the report of the Congressional Commission on the Ukraine Famine.

I recently received a letter from Dr. Walter Lyzohub from Redford Township, Michigan. He wrote to tell me that he was a survivor of the Famine, but that the Famine took the lives of his sister, Wira, as well as his brother, Iwan. His sister and brother were age ten and nine, respectively. Dr. Lyzohub also enclosed a family photograph taken in 1929, just three years before the onset of the Famine.

For Dr. Lyzohub and other survivors of the Famine, these tragic events are not just a footnote in history. They are as real as the faces in this photograph of two children who died so needlessly. We honor the memory of Wira and Iwan Lyzohub, and all the victims of the Ukrainian Famine of 1932 and 1933. It is important that we remember their lives and their deaths, and work to ensure that food is never again used as a weapon.

Mr. Speaker, as we commemorate the anniversary of this man-made tragedy, we join with Ukrainian-Americans and Ukrainians around the world in always remembering the victims of the Famine.