The Great Famine-Genocide in Soviet Ukraine (Holodomor)

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TESTIMONY BY EMBASSY OF UKRAINE ABOUT THE ERECTION OF A MONUMENT IN WASHINGTON, D.C. TO THE VICTIMS OF THE UKRAINIAN FAMINE-GENOCIDE OF 1932-1933
  

REMARKS by Volodymyr Yatsenkivskyi
Minister Counselor of the Embassy of Ukraine
To Members of the National Capital Memorial Commission
National Park Service, Washington, D.C., May 22, 2003

 

"2003 marks the 70th anniversary of the deliberate killing of millions of Ukrainians in 1932-33. Seventy years later, world still largely unaware of the horrific genocidal catastrophe that befell Ukraine.

The Government of Ukraine places high emphasis on commemoration of the anniversary of the Ukrainian Holodomor - Famine-Genocide.

Almost three years ago in late October 2000 the President of Ukraine issued an order, On the Day to Commemorate Victims of the Famine and Political Repression. In that way the Ukrainian state had formulated its approach to Soviet totalitarian past.

The Government of Ukraine takes all possible measures to research the Famine - Genocide comprehensively and deeply, to perpetuate the memory of millions of innocent victims and to condemn the crime at the international level.

The final unequivocal estimation of the meaning of Holodomor in Ukraine is the sign of maturity of our people, rising understanding in the country that people who don't remember their common tragic past are not guaranteed to avoid it in the future.

The Government of Ukraine supports the initiative of the Ukrainian community of the United States, in particular the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America to build in Washington a monument to the victims of the Holodomor. This is an extremely important decision to perpetuate the memory about the most heinous mass crime not only against Ukrainians but also against the civilization. And continuation of the research work in this field in the USA will be very important.

The introduction in the House of Representatives of a bill ponsored by Congressman S.Levin, which calls for erection of this memorial by the year 2008 in Washington, D.C. demonstrates the successive US Government policy since 1984 of researching the Holodomor and its consequences, condemning the perpetrators against humanity.

The erection of the monument will prove in practice, that the Holodomor as Holocaust is not only Ukrainian tragedy but also the tragedy of all civilized society and must be resolutely condemned in order to ensure that such tragedies are not repeated in the future.

No doubts the monument in Washington, D.C. will symbolize the will of Ukrainians all over the world in cooperation with their friends of other nations to guarantee the prosperous future for Ukraine."

 
 

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