"10,000 Here Mark Anniversary
Of The 1933 Famine"
The New York Times, September 21, 1953
" A march up Fifth Avenue
and a mass meeting at Manhattan Center yesterday marked the twentieth
'Memorial Manifestation' of that dark hour in the history of Ukraine
when 6,000,000 inhabitants of the Russian 'granary" were starved
to quell the resistance of an independent people to the Soviet regime.
"In the line
of march were an estimated 10,000 Americans of Ukrainian descent.
They gathered at Washington Square, as many of their compatriots
had done on November 18, 1933, in a protest parade that moved up
Fifth Avenue to Thirty- fourth Street and hence to the meeting place
on Eighth Avenue. The police said there were 5,000 paraders.
"In the twenty
years that lie between the 'great famine' of 1932-33 and now, speakers
at the Manhattan Center meeting said, the world had been taught
a practical lesson --that Moscow has embarked on a course of other
'genocide acts' including mass executions and deportations.
"Among the marchers
were some in native costumes, wearing red or black high boots. Clergy
in the procession included Bishop John, Metropolitan of the Ukrainian
Orthodox Church of America, and Archbishop Ihor of the New York
diocese. A large brass crucifix draped in black was borne by one
of the paraders and other signs of mourning were evident on flags
held in Orthodox churches for those who fell victims of the famine.
The parade sponsoring committee, the Ukrainian Congress Committee
of America, said that the Soviet had used the famine to reduce the
Ukrainian population and to destroy the political, cultural and
national rights of the Ukraine."
(The New York
Times article included a large photograph of some of the marchers
who were carrying a large banner which said, "Moscow Deported 3
Metropolitans, over 50 Bishops and Many Thousand of Ukrainian Priests
to Siberia" The caption under the photograph said, "PROTEST SOVIET
TYRANNY: Youngsters, carrying an anti-Russian banner, marching up
Fifth Avenue yesterday in the memorial demonstration and protest
over starvation of 6,000,000 Ukrainians in 1932 and 1933 by Russia.
Some 10,000 participated.)