The Great Famine-Genocide in Soviet Ukraine (Holodomor)


Zenia Chernyk, Board Chair, Ukrainian Federation of America
Ihor Gawdiak, President, Ukrainian American Coordinating Council
Philadelphia, PA and Washington, D. C., Tuesday, July 29, 2003


Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Co-chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, has just introduced the Ukraine Famine Senate Resolution, S. Res. 202, into the United States Senate, where it has been referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.


Your help is urgently needed to show support for this resolution because although 2003 marks the 70th anniversary of Stalin's genocide against the Ukrainian people, many people are today still unaware of this tragedy. This terrible deed must become a part of the common knowledge of all people and not just those of Ukrainian descent. It needs to be recorded in general history text books at all levels.


We urge all Ukrainian-Americans to directly communicate with the Senate--urge your own Senators as well as other Senators to co-sponsor Senate Resolution #202. Senators may be contacted at their local or their federal offices. Phone calls and emails are the most effective way of doing this. For Senate telephone numbers, contact the Capitol Hill switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 225-3121.


You can also write: Sen. ___________, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC 20510. Contact information -- including Senate e-mail addresses-- is available at the Senate's website:


For further information, you may call any of the following: Ukrainian American Coordinating Council offices: Washington, D.C.: (202) 737-6090 or N.Y.: (212) 505-1765; or in Philadelphia, the Ukrainian Federation of America office: (215) 663-9191, or Orest Deychakiwsky, Helsinki Commission, at (202) 225-3964 or e-mail:


Ihor Gawdiak, President, Ukrainian American Coordinating Council Zenia Chernyk, Board Chair, Ukrainian Federation of America

The following Dear Colleague letter from Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell is now circulating in the United States Senate:

Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell
U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.

July 29, 2003

Dear Colleague:

Yesterday, I introduced S. Res. 202, regarding the genocidal Ukraine Famine of 1932-33. The resolution would commemorate the millions of innocent victims of this Soviet-engineered famine and support the efforts of the Ukrainian government and parliament to publicly acknowledge and call greater international attention to one of the 20th century's most heinous crimes. The report of the Congressionally-created Commission on the Ukraine Famine concluded in 1988 that "Joseph Stalin and those around him committed genocide against Ukrainians in 1932-33."

Seventy years ago, a man-made famine in Soviet-dominated Ukraine and bordering ethnically-Ukrainian territory resulted in the deaths of millions of Ukrainians - estimates range from between four and ten million. In his seminal book on the Ukraine Famine, Harvest of Sorrow, renown British historian Robert Conquest writes, "A quarter of the rural population, men, women, and children, lay dead or dying, the rest in various stages of debilitation with no strength to bury their families or neighbors." The Stalinist regime -- and, for that matter, subsequent Soviet leaders -- engaged in a massive cover-up of denying the famine.

This famine was not the result of drought or some other natural calamity, but of Soviet dictator Stalin's inhumane, coldly calculated policy to suppress the Ukrainian people and destroy their human, cultural and political rights. It was the result of purposeful starvation. Requisition brigades, acting on Stalin's orders to fulfill impossibly high grain quotas, took away the last scraps of food from starving families, including children, often killing those who resisted. Millions of rural Ukrainians slowly starved amid some of the world's most fertile farmland, while stockpiles of expropriated grain rotted by the ton.

Please join me in remembering the innocent victims of the Ukraine Famine. It is important that the world not forget this genocidal famine and that we support Ukraine's independence and democratic development as the best assurance that such atrocities become truly unimaginable.

If you are interested in becoming a cosponsor of the Ukraine Famine resolution, please have your staff contact Orest Deychakiwsky ( or Mike Peterson at the Helsinki Commission at 5-1901.

Ben Nighthorse Campbell, U.S.S.
Co-Chairman, U.S. Helsinski Commission