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UNITED STATES CONGRESS RESOLUTION TO MARK THE 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREAT FAMINE OF 1932-1933 IN UKRAINE
  

The Ukrainian Weekly
Ukrainian National Association
Parsippany, New Jersey
September 27, 1998

 

Following is the full text of the concurrent resolution introduced in both houses of the U.S. Congress to mark the 65th anniversary of the Great Famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine.

(The resolution was passed by the United States Senate on October 21, 1998 and by the U.S. House of Representatives on October 10, 1998.)

 

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

 

Expressing the sense of Congress that the 65th anniversary of the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933 should serve as a reminder of the brutality of the government of the former Soviet Union's repressive policies toward the Ukrainian people.

 

Whereas, this year marks the 65th anniversary of the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933 that caused the deaths of at least 7 million Ukrainians and that was covered up and officially denied by the government of the former Soviet Union;

Whereas, millions of Ukrainians died, not by natural causes such as pestilence, drought, floods or a poor harvest, but by policies designed to punish Ukraine for its aversion and opposition to the government of the former Soviet Union's oppression and imperialism, including the forced collectivization of agriculture;

Whereas, when Ukraine was famine-stricken, the government of the former Soviet Union exported 1.7 million tons of grain to the West while offers from international relief organizations to assist the starving population were rejected on the grounds that there was no famine in Ukraine and no need for the assistance;

Whereas, the borders of Ukraine were tightly controlled and starving Ukrainians were not allowed to cross into Russian territory in search of bread;

Whereas, in his book "The Harvest of Sorrow" British historian Robert Conquest explains, "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";

Whereas, the Commission on the Ukraine Famine was established on December 13, 1985, to conduct a study with the goal of expanding the world's knowledge and understanding of the famine and to expose the government of the former Soviet Union for its atrocities in the famine;

Whereas, the commission's report to Congress confirmed that the government of the former Soviet Union consciously employed the brutal policy of forced famine to repress the Ukrainian population and to oppress the Ukrainians' inviolable religious and political rights; and

Whereas, the Commission on the Ukraine Famine presented four volumes of findings and conclusions, 10 volumes of archival material, and over 200 cassettes of testimony from famine survivors to the newly independent government of Ukraine in 1993, during the official observances of the 60th anniversary of the Ukrainian famine in Kyiv, Ukraine,

Now, therefore be it resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring):

    Section 1, sense of Congress.

    It is the sense of Congress that -

      (1) the victims of the government of the former Soviet Union-engineered Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933 be solemnly remembered on its 65th anniversary;

      (2) the Congress condemns the systematic disregard for human life, human rights, human liberty and self-determination that characterized the repressive policies of the government of the former Soviet Union during the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933;

      (3) on the 65th anniversary of the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933, in contrast to the policies of the government of the former Soviet Union, Ukraine is moving toward democracy, a free-market economy and full respect for human rights, and it is essential that the United States continue to assist Ukraine as it proceeds down this path; and

      (4) any supplemental material that will assist in the dissemination of information about the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933, and thereby help to prevent similar future tragedies, be compiled and made available worldwide for the study of the devastation of the famine.


    Section 2, transmittal of the resolution.

    The clerk of the House of Representatives shall

      (1) transmit a copy of this resolution to:
      (A) the president;
      (B) the secretary of state; and
      (C) the co-chairs of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus; and
      (2) request that the secretary of state transmit a copy of the this resolution to the government of Ukraine.


The Ukrainian Weekly, September 27, 1998, No. 39, Vol. LXVI, Roma Hadzewycz, Editor-in-chief, P. O. Box 280, Parsippany, New Jersey. Published by the Ukrainian National Association.
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