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
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 www.ArtUkraine.com Information
Service (ARTUIS) from its private collection of historical materials
related to the genocidal famine in Ukraine 1932-1933.