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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Ukrainians remember the victims of the Great Famine-Genocide of 1932-33

By Aussiegirl

Over the weekend, Ukrainians across the globe commemorated and honored the memories of the millions of victims of Stalin’s artificially created Genocide-Famine of the years 1932-33.  In solemn ceremonies from Kyiv to cities across Australia, Canada and the United States, Ukrainians lit candles and held memorial church services for the souls of those who died in those horrible years.  

In Kyiv, in the area between the two great cathedrals of St. Sophia and St. Michael’s, the event was marked by the lighting of 33,000 candles, representing the number of people who died every day at the height of the famine in the spring of 1933.  It had long been a dream of Ukraine’s President Yushchenko to hold such a ceremony, as previous administrations, which were still under the sway of Moscow, marked the occasion with only perfunctory ceremonies.  

Ukrainians call the genocidal famine “Holodomor”, which means “murder by famine”.  At precisely 4 p.m. on Saturday, a national moment of silence was observed followed by the lighting of the candles.

I would like to honor the memories of those who died by publishing my own translation of my mother’s short memoir of those years.  It is her testament to what she saw and experienced -- the death not only of millions of people, but of an entire way of life.

3 Comments:

At 11:10 AM, Anonymous One Eyed Cat said...

I was just asked a question on another site "Don't you think Lenin was well-intentioned whine ... whine?" What you have posted here is all that needs to be known. I am becoming increasingly convinced that we need to take on the "Useful idiots" in the west who continue to spout this nonsense. As usual, thanks for the additional info. This is a subject I have always found difficult to discuss.

OEC

 
At 5:53 PM, Blogger Steve Rankin said...

Once when I was unable to sleep, I turned on the TV at 3:00 a.m. and was transfixed by the movie, "Stalin," starring Robert Duvall. My blood ran cold! If that story doesn't make you grateful to be an American, I don't know what would. And to think that China's Mao was an even greater mass murderer than Stalin, since he had longer to operate.

The Elian Gonzales fiasco of Easter weekend, 2000, showed that many Americans have no concept of what communism is about. ("He ought to be with his daddy!") He's with his daddy all right-- Fidel Castro, Barbara Walters's buddy.

 
At 2:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ukrainians should remember they fell victims of their own slaving souls. Want to live, take the sword!

 

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