The Great Famine-Genocide in Soviet Ukraine (Holodomor)

Historical Documents From The Archives of the Ukrainian National Women's League of America (UNWLA)

By E. Morgan Williams, Senior Advisor
U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, (USUF)
Washington, D.C., February 5, 2004

Washington.......The November 2003 edition of the official magazine of the Ukrainian National Women's League of America (UNWLA), "OUR LIFE" is a special commemorative issue marking the 70th anniversary of the Great Famine in Ukraine and is dedicated to the victims of the terrible genocidal famine called the HOLODOMOR (death by terror, by starvation) in Ukrainian.

The sixty-five page magazine is totally filled with actual reproductions of very important documents from the archives of the UNWLA, starting in late 1933, related to the work of the UNWLA and their founding of "The Emergency Relief Committee for Starving Ukrainians."

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One of the first documents shown in the front of the magazine is a copy of the draft of a letter which was sent to President Franklin D. Roosevelt on November 21, 1933. The reply to the letter, from the Department of State, on December 15, 1933, is shown on page 19. The UNWLA sent a considerable number of emergency letters about the conditions in Ukraine in late November, 1933. The documents printed in the magazine go until the end of 1934.

Vera Andrushkiw, a leading Ukrainian-American who is project director of the USUF's U.S.-Ukraine Community Partnership Project (CPP) stated, "This is an important publication and the UNWLA is to be congratulated on the special publication. The magazine should receive wide distribution around the world."



Copies of the HOLODOMOR SPECIAL ISSUE of "OUR LIFE" for November 2003, No. 11, Vol. LX, can be purchased from the UNWLA for US$13.00 mailed within the U.S. and for US$15.00 to Canada and elsewhere, postage included. Mail your check to: UNWLA, INC., 203 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003, Tel: 212-533-4646

Complete information about the special issue magazine can be found at the following link: