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    BRAMA, Sep 15, 2004, 9:00 am ET

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    Chicago Ukrainian Americans to commemorate Genocide Famine of 1932-33

    Ukrainian Genocide Famine Foundation - U.S.A., Inc. announces a public Ukrainian Genocide Famine Commemoration to pay tribute to the more than 10 million victims of the 1932-33 Genocide Famine of Ukraine.

    Program will include an ecumenical memorial service, wreath laying ceremony (with participation of United States Congressman Henry Hyde), recognition of Chicagoland genocide famine survivors, and a memorial luncheon with guest speakers.

    EVENT: Ukrainian Genocide Famine Commemoration
    Date: Sunday, September 19, 2004
    Time: 1 p.m.

    Location:
    Metropolitan Chicago Genocide "Holodomor" Memorial
    300 East Army Trail Road Bloomingdale, IL

    Memorial Luncheon to follow at Ivan Truchly Auditorium
    St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Church Cultural Center
    300 East Army Trail Road Bloomingdale, IL

    Keynote Speaker: Katya Mischenko-Mycyk - Board member of Ukrainian Genocide Famine Foundation-USA

    Guest Speaker: Andrij Kryvko-Co-producer of Chicagoland's oldest Ukrainian radio program "The Ukrainian Wave"

    BACKGROUND:

  • During the winter of 1932-33 over 10 million men, women and children died of forced starvation during an act of genocide perpetrated by Joseph Stalin and his underlings in Ukraine.
  • Nearly one-third of Ukraine's population was exterminated during Stalin's forced collectivization of Ukraine.
  • Ukrainians were dying at a rate of 25,000 per day at the height of the Genocide Famine.
  • The Soviet Union covered up the Ukrainian Genocide Famine and labeled references to the Ukrainian Famine as "anti-Soviet slander".
  • American journalists stationed in Moscow assisted in the cover-up. "Any report of a famine in Ukraine is today an exaggeration or malignant propaganda," wrote Walter Duranty of the New York Times.

    The Ukrainian Genocide Famine Foundation - U.S.A., Inc. requests members of the press to cover the Ukrainian Genocide Famine Commemoration on September 19, 2004 at the Metropolitan Chicago Genocide-Famine Memorial in Bloomingdale IL.

    There are over 100,000 Ukrainian-Americans in Illinois. Chicago is home to the 2nd largest population of Ukrainian-Americans in the entire United States.

    Фундація Українського Голодомору-США
    Ukrainian Genocide Famine Foundation-USA, Inc.
    2249 W. Superior St., Chicago, IL 60612 USA
    Tel: 847-699-9484
    Fax: 847-813-7813
    E-mail: nickm34@netzero.net



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