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Holodomor memorial monument in Kyiv, Ukraine

70th Anniversary Holodomor Commemoration in Kyiv

Our mission is to help students and the general public learn more about the Holodomor and its relevance to understanding today’s world.

HOLODOMOR :  The famine-genocide of Ukraine, 1932-1933

In June of 1933, at the height of the Holodomor, 28,000 men, women and children in Ukraine were dying of starvation each day.  The land that was known worldwide as the breadbasket of Europe was being ravaged by a man-made famine of unprecedented scale.

Stalin and his followers were determined to teach the Ukrainian people “a lesson they would not forget.”  Tens of thousands of Ukraine’s intellectual, spiritual, and cultural leaders were arrested, some subjected to show trials and executed, most sent to prison labor camps, often resulting in death. Ukraine’s best farmers and their families were banished to remote territories, where many perished.  Of those remaining, many resisted and staged fierce rebellions against the imposition of collectivization which would transfer not only all their property but their independence to the state. However, even though most eventually relented, Stalin’s government not only continued to increase quotas, but imposed severe new restrictions on travel in search of food, blockaded entire villages from receiving food, fuel or other necessities, and repeatedly sent out brigades of activists to raid rural households and remove anything edible.

While millions of people in Ukraine and in the mostly ethnically Ukrainian areas of the northern Caucasus were dying, the Soviet Union was denying the famine and exporting enough grain from Ukraine to have fed the entire population. For 50 years, surviving generations were forbidden to speak of it, until the Soviet Union was near collapse.



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Holodomor Memorial in Washington DC

Memorial to the Victims of the Holodomor, Washington, DC.
erected and dedicated in 2015. (http://www.iccrimea.org/images/holodomor-memorial.jpg)

We share this information and these painful memories

so that we all may be vigilant,

so that we all make ourselves strong against the power of lies and ideologies of hate,

so that we all strive to work together for the human dignity of all.