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    BRAMA, November 18, 2002, 5:00 pm ET


    New York — Ukrainian American community members and leaders, clergy and government representatives, gathered at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Saturday to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the Great Famine-Genocide of 1932-33 in Ukraine.

    This little-known cataclysmic event in Ukraine's history as a result of which many millions died and millions more suffered untold horrors is often either ignored or misrepresented in Western history books. Historians are still examining the facts surrounding the causes and effects of this dark period, but enough evidence has been brought to light proving that the Great Famine-Genocide was humanly engineered primarily to quash the "rebellious" Ukrainian people. It was a plan devised by the Soviet regime to bring an entire nation to its knees. Although Josef Stalin is widely credited for the devastation, complicity on the part of military and other authorities is unambiguous. Yet no one has ever been brought to justice for the heinous crime committed against the Ukrainian people.

    The Nazi Holocaust in which 6 million Jews perished as a result of genocide in addition to the more than 9 million other religious and national groups (including some 3 million Ukrainian, i.e., non-Jewish, civilians) * is an event studied as part of any typical school curriculum. But few textbooks include an accurate account of the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide of 1932-33. The precise number of victims is unknown (the Russian authorities did not keep accurate records as did the Germans during World War II, and much of the evidence pointing to the atrocities committed in Ukraine was destroyed), with some earlier estimates ranging anywhere from as low as 2 million to as high as 10 million or more. Today the consensus appears to have settled on a figure of 7 million deaths attributed to the man-made famine - one that dramatically exceeds the loss of Jewish life during the Nazi Holocaust. The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America is in the process of developing a plan to tackle this so-called "white space" in high school textbooks.

    Saturday's commemoration was organized by the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, and led by it's president, Michael Sawkiw. Guest speakers included co-celebrants of the ecumenical memorial service panakhyda His Beatitude Lubomyr Husar (Patriarch of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church), Archbishop Anthony of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, and H.E. Bishop Basil Losten of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Speakers representing official Ukraine were the Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States Kostyantyn Hryshchenko, and Ambassador Valeriy Kuchinsky (Permanent representative of Ukraine to the United Nations). The "Dumka" choir sang responses to the memorial service.

    * Wytwycky, Bohdan. The Other Holocaust. Washington, DC. The Novak Report, 1980.

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    "To defeat the enemy, only one solution was possible: they would have to be starved out. " The preceding statement describes a conclusion from "The Black Book of Communism," a book that illuminated the unfathomable horrors of communist tyranny worldwide. Yet, mankind has often known famine in all parts of the world brought about by prolonged wars, droughts, floods, or other cataclysms. But never and nowhere have any people suffered so devastating a famine as that inflicted by a special Soviet government policy upon the Ukrainian people in 1932-1933. [MORE ...]
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    Michael Sawkiw, UCCA

    Lubomyr Husar, Patriarch of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (left)
    Bishop Basil Losten of the Ukrainian Catholic Church (right)
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    Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States
    Kostyantyn Hryshchenko
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    Ambassador Valeriy Kuchinsky, the Permanent representative of Ukraine to the United Nations.

    Виступаючи перед учасниками зібрання, Посол Валерій Кучинський наголосив, що злочин, вчинений проти Українського народу у 1932-33 роках, вимагає широкого міжнародного засудження. [Далі ...]

    © H.K/BRAMA

    His Eminence Archbishop Antony of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA
    © H.K/BRAMA

    The Chorus "Dumka" sang responses to the memorial service and concluded the observance with a rendition of "Хваліть ім'я Господнє" (Praise the Lord's name).
    © H.K/BRAMA

    Statement from the White House on the occasion of the commemoration of the Famine-Genocide in 1932-33 in Ukraine. [MORE ...]

    Statement from Representative Sander M. Levin (Michigan) on the occasion of the commemoration of the 69th anniversary of the Ukraine Famine 1932-1933. [MORE ...]

    Remarks by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur on the occasion of the 69th anniversary of the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide (1932-1933) [MORE ...]


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