A CANDLE IN MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF THE HOLODOMOR

25.11.16




Our thoughts this weekend turn to one of the world’s worst atrocities as we solemnly commemorate the memory of the millions of Ukrainians who were forcibly starved to death in the Holodomor of 1932-33.

As Lidia Kovalenko so eloquently put it:

“We must not forget the bitter truth…  Into the grave, where seven and a half million Ukrainian villagers lie, fell the best.  Industrious independent landowners, labelled as “kulak saboteurs”, perished without trace.  Village tradesmen and artists, including the thousands upon thousands of naturally gifted individuals – all were lost forever. Rebellious descendants of the kozaks, who could not accept the [oppressive dictates of the] authoritarian regime were descended into the raw earth.  A specific target of the GPU-NKVD, the village intelligentsia - carrier of culture and the Ukrainian national idea - was brought to extinction.  

“All who were fit and able, talented, healthy in body and spirit, that were capable of thinking, that opposed force, that protested, that sought the truth – all were ruthlessly rooted out and destroyed.  Orphaned children, sentenced to death by starvation, could not carry forth the teachings of their parents…  

“Truly the world of the Ukrainian village was turned upside down.”

Please light a candle tomorrow in their memory.

AUGB Board of Directors



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