Thursday, April 17, 2014

 HOLODOMOR 1932-33

The Campaign

Welcome to the Holodomor.org.uk site, associated with the campaign for  UK government to recognise the Holdomor, or genocidal famine, of 1932-33 in Ukraine as genocide. The aims of the site are:

To enable people campaigning for recognition of the Holodomor to coordinate their work

To promote awareness of the Holodomor among the British public and politicians.

The Holodomor, or Hunger plague, was a famine engineered by the Soviet Union as part of a series of actions, including mass executions, designed to destroy the Ukrainian nation. Census data reveal a shortfall of 11,000, 000 in the Ukrainian population by 1937. Before and during 1937 large numbers of Ukrainians would be executed in the Great Terror which, although all the Soviet Union was affected, had a specifically Ukrainian dimension.

(Video by Mike Parker)

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Steve Komarnyckyj is the editor of this site. if you have any queries please contact him at: stevekom(at)live.com

 

Steve Komarnyckyj and Ihor Pavlyuk are currently the featured poets in Envoi (issue 163)

The facebook page of the Tychyna Museum in Kyiv currently has information on Holodomor.org.uk and a photograph of my visit to the Holodomor memorial in Pisky.

The museum has been distributing information on the Holodomor in the days running up to the commemoration and the facebook page and website are a valuable source of information about not only Pavlo Tychyna but also the cultural activities organised by this valuable institution and its director Tetiana Sosnowska.


 

This is a quote from a communist leader speaking in the Kharkiv region in 1934:

"Famine in Ukraine was brought on to decrease the number of Ukrainians, replace the dead with people from other parts of the USSR, and thereby to kill the slightest thought of any Ukrainian independence."

- V. Danilov et al., Sovetskaia derevnia glazami OGPU_NKVD. T. 3, kn. 2. Moscow 2004. P. 572

 

With thanks to Professor Roman Serbyn whose research provided this quote and Aleks Kalashnik who sent it to me and whose blog is here:

 

A recent and excellent article by Yehven Zakharov on the Holodomor can be found here