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Holodomor news round-up – Nov 29 2009

November 29th, 2009 No comments

Not sure why they’re reporting the day after Holodomor Remembrance Day, but least it’s making some news rounds:

Ukraine leader calls ’30s famine Soviet genocide
Washington Times
Ukraine’s Soviet-era archives, opened to the public by Mr. Yushchenko, has allowed historians to take a fresh look at the Holodomor, or death by hunger. 

Ukraine’s parliament officially recognized the famine as genocide in 2006. Thirteen countries, including Canada, Poland and Australia, have followed suit. The United States had been reluctant to call the famine genocide — a view that offends many Russians.

Ukraine buries famine victims
Toronto Sun
Ukraine’s Holodomor, or death by starvation, was denied by the Soviet Union for decades. It is seen by many Ukrainians as a national tragedy. …

Ukrainian famine still brings tears
Edmonton Journal
The Holodomor was a Soviet-imposed famine that killed millions in Ukraine in 1932-33. After more than 70 years, the borders of Leonid Korownyk’s memory have …

“If we do not support the truth and stand up for history here in Alberta or around the world we risk a repeat and Russia will educate the world on their version of Holodomor.”

Ukraine commemorates “Holodomor” famine
euronews
The 1932-33 Holodomor – or death by starvation – is seen by many in the country as a national tragedy. Today allegations by Ukraine’s President Viktor …

Holodomor Remembrance Day: Last Saturday in November
Kyiv Post
People hold candles at the Holodomor Memorial in Kyiv on Nov 28. Ukraine commemorates the millions of people who died during the 1932-33 Holodomor, …

Ukraine reburies famine victims shot in Soviet era
Reuters India
Ukraine’s Holodomor, or death by starvation, was denied by the Soviet Union for decades. It is seen by many Ukrainians as a national tragedy. ...

Ukraine Commemorates 76th Holodomor Anniversary
Ukrainiana

Unlike elsewhere in the Soviet Union, the peasants in Ukraine and in the neighboring region of Kuban had nowhere run. By a directive of the Communist Party, barrier troops surrounded these areas, populated mainly by Ukrainians, and ensured that few would escape death…

A woman wipes her tears as she stands in front of coffins containing the bones of the famine victims during a reburial ceremony in Ukraine’s western town of Lviv, 500 km (312 miles) west of Kiev, November 28, 2009.During the third wave of the famine in 1946-47 in the USSR, historians believe up to a million died as Soviet authorities imposed heavy requisitioned grain and harvest quotas.About 600 famine victims were reburied in Lviv.Photo: GLEBE GARANICH (REUTERS)

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Today is Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day

November 28th, 2009 No comments

From the Winnipeg Press:

November is an important month for the Ukrainian community in Winnipeg and in other localities across Canada, launching the second National Holodomor Memorial Day on Nov. 28. The goal is to annually unite the Ukrainian community and all Canadians in remembering the victims and raising awareness of this tragedy.
Holodomor (man-made famine) is one of the most heinous crimes in the history of mankind. It was the result of a deliberate political strategy masterminded by Josef Stalin and his totalitarian Communist regime to eliminate millions of Ukrainians in the early 1930s by starving an area long known as Europe’s breadbasket. The losses during the Holodomor surpassed those of the Ukrainian nation during the Second World War.


Throughout the world and particularly in Canada, Ukrainians are continuing this awareness campaign by honouring the victims of the Holodomor by hosting a variety of events commemorating this tragic period.

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Here are the current list of laws honouring the Holodomor:

Similar legislation is already underway in Quebec and British Columbia. There are still lots of events planned for today.

Holodomor Survivors

I wasn’t able to show all 31 Holodomor survivor testimonies I uploaded from HolodomorSurvivors.ca earlier, so here’s all of them:

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Happy American Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2009 No comments

A few heart warming stories from the US while they celebrate Thanksgiving:

From My Atlanta Fox:

Dr. Gary Stillwagon, an Atlanta radiation oncologist, was visiting the Ukraine doing charity work when he was invited to an engagement party by a friend. That’s where Alexander and Nelya Kyzmych told Dr. Stillwagon about their son, Michael who had been battling an aggressive form of cancer.

“It turned out he had a deadly brain cancer. He had surgery and needed radiation treatment. But they had no way to get it there, so they were stuck and they were going to let him die because they had no chance. So all of a sudden I said, what he needs is what I do!” said Dr. Stillwagon.

Immediately, Dr. Stillwagon went to work to secure the funds and visas needed to get the live-saving procedure done here in the U.S. In a record time of six weeks, the Kyzmychs received an emergency medical visa to come to Atlanta and be treated. All of the treatments performed and paid for by Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia.

With simple radiation, not available in their country and too expensive in the U.S., Michael Kyzmych went from having no chance of surviving the cancer to being able to be in total remission.

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The charity, Struggling Kids, is an organization that exists to help destitute children and women in Ukraine who experience significant struggles, often just to survive.

Also, from the  New York Times a little Thanksgiving blessing Ukrainian style:

At my wedding nine years ago, I gave a toast, in Ukrainian, to my grandparents. Baba and Deedo were second parents to my brother and me growing up in Cleveland, and we spent many Saturdays sleeping at their house. At night, Baba would sit by me on the bed, which she had fitted with half a dozen pillows so that I’d be cushioned head-to-toe at every turn, and tell me colorful stories.

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Holodomor news round-up – Nov 26 2009

November 26th, 2009 No comments

Ukraine tears down controversial statue
It as carried out just days before Ukraine commemorates the victims of the famine, known as the Holodomor, or genocide. President Viktor Yushchenko issued a 

SASKATCHEWAN RECOGNIZES INTERNATIONAL HOLODOMOR REMEMBRANCE WEEK
This week, Saskatchewan residents will reflect upon the millions of Ukrainians who died as a result of the Holodomor, a man-made famine that took place in …

Lithuania is set to share its euro-integration experience and deepen economic 
As part the visit, President Dalia Grybauskaitė will also pay honours to victims of the Great Famine in Ukraine at the Holodomor Memorial. Later in the day, 

Ukraine’s forgotten famine
“She lived through the Holodomor.” The Holodomor, or “death by hunger”, was unleashed on the country in 1932-33 as part of Stalin’s drive to collectivise …

Examining Ukraine’s Great Famine
Luciuk is the editor of the 2008 book Holodomor — Reflections on the Great Famine of 1932-33 in Soviet Ukraine. The book features articles by journalists, 

Russia contented with work on PACE report on 1930s famine in USSR
“We are fully satisfied with the work on the draft report, which does not disproportionately overstress the so-called Holodomor in Ukraine, on which this …

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Ukrainian TV Holodomor Documentary now online

November 26th, 2009 3 comments

The National Television Company of Ukraine produced a comprehensive Holodomor documentary a few months ago and were kind enough to put all 2 hours of it up on YouTube, in Ukrainian and English. Below is the English version, enjoy!

Holodomor. Ukraine, XX century.

Holodomor. ukraine, XX century. Millions of innocent victims of the bloody soviet rule. An attempt to destroy the spirit of the ukrainian nation.

The technology of genocide.

[YouTube]

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