A book entitled â€™Great Famine in Ukraine 1932-1933â€™ has been presented in Kyiv, a joint research of Polish and Ukrainian historians who looked for archive documents of the NKVD and Polish secret services concerning the Great Famine. The chairman of the Polish Institute of National Remembrance Janusz Kurtyka said the search brought to light a full picture of the tragedy. He underlined that the West, and that included Poland at that time, remained silent when confronted with the tragic facts reported.
The Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has called the Holodomor a genocide, “It became a weapon of diabolic revenge due to the inability to eradicate from the consciousness of our wise people endowed with great virtues its filial memory of God, the love of God, the loyalty to and faith in God“.Â A week later an unnamed member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Synod Metropolitan Onufry of Chernovtsy and Bukovina said â€œHolodomor was a correction from God, suppression of our pride that rebelled against ourselves, against human existence”. â€œThere are certain forces that use holodomor to divide Russia and Ukraine saying that Russians oppressed Ukrainians.â€ â€œWhile I believe that holodomor killed more people in Russia than in Ukraine,â€ the Metropolitan said.Â And then of course he urged believers not to make a political action of commemorating holodomor victims, but rather to pay attention to its spiritual causes (we’ve heard this hypocrosy before).
When Soviet authorities and many western journalistsÂ denied the Holodomor, Gareth Jones announced that millions were starving in Ukraine as a result of Stalin’s policies at a press conference in Berlin on 29 March, 1933.Â Several foreign correspondents rushed to rubbish the story with 1932 Pulitzer Prize winner Walter Duranty of the New York Times dismissing his eye-witness account as “a big scare story”.Â Jones was given Ukraine’s Order of Merit at Westminster in London.
In 1932, when Anna Kaczanowicz was 12 years old, she noticed that her meals were getting smaller and smaller. “My parents tried desperately to grow food, but no matter what they planted, within a few days, everything would be gone â€” dug up during the middle of the night.”Â But Kaczanowicz, 88, who lives now in Webster, survived the Holodomor.