The Great Famine-Genocide in Soviet Ukraine (Holodomor)


Tamara Gallo, Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA)
New York, New York, November 10, 2003

New York, NY (UCCA) - On November 21, 2003, the Pulitzer Prize Committee is scheduled to meet in New York City for their bi-annual Board meeting, during which they presumably will decide the fate of Walter Duranty's Pulitzer Prize. In a final effort to strip Duranty of his 1932 Pulitzer Prize, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) has sent copies of the award-winning film "Harvest of Despair" to each member on the Pulitzer Prize Committee, as well as New York Times Chairman and Publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. The UCCA would like to thank Slawko Nowitski, producer of the film, for his cooperation with the UCCA in obtaining the master copy to reproduce.

"Nobody Wanted to Die"
Poster by Chervotkyn, 1989
(Click on image to enlarge it)

The documentary film, produced by the Ukrainian Famine Research Committee, was sent accompanied by a letter, which states in part, "The eloquent, yet somber narrative of this documentary film is accompanied by archival scenes that depict the true state in famine-stricken Ukraine in the early 1930s.

The scenes shown are contradictory to the lies promulgated by Walter Duranty when he wrote 'There is no famine or actual starvation, nor is there likely to be'. Understanding that Duranty was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 for his writing in 1931, nevertheless, he was a shill for the communists before, during and after the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide.

This is evident, when in 1931, he himself stated that "in agreement with the New York Times and the Soviet authorities" his official dispatches always reflect the official opinion of the Soviet regime and not his own. Such an acknowledgement by Duranty not only discredits his "objective" coverage of the Soviet Union in 1931, but questions his journalistic integrity, for which he was awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize."

The yearlong campaign to revoke Walter Duranty's 1932 Pulitzer Prize, timed to coincide with the 70th Anniversary of the Holodomor, the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide, is part of the UCCA's larger program to counter continuing Holodomor-deniers. The wide-ranging program, launched in January 2003 at a UCCA Executive Board meeting, began in earnest in early February with a letter, fax, and e-mail writing campaign to the Pulitzer Board.

The program was augmented by a proposal from the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association to launch a worldwide postcard campaign in April 2003 directed to Mr. Sig Gissler, Administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, followed by another worldwide postcard campaign in October 2003 targeting the New York Times.

The UCCA welcomed and co-sponsored the UCCLA initiatives, thus ensuring that the Pulitzer Prize Committee and the New York Times received thousands of cards from around the world urging the Committee and the New York Times to posthumously revoke Walter Duranty's prize.

Graphics have been added by the  Information Service (ARTUIS) from its private collection of historical materials related to the genocidal famine in Ukraine 1932-1933.