OUTRAGED HOLODOMOR SURVIVOR'S LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT

18.05.10


Maria Volkova

Maria Volkova was just a six-year old child when she was forced to live through the horrors of the 1932-33 Holodomor.  She survived the famine by eating roots, pumpkin flowers and even rats.  Her recollections were recently featured in the BBC World Service’s “Witness” programme, and her experiences have been previously aired on TV, radio and in the press.

Now in her mid-80’s and living in the East Midlands, Maria has written an open letter to Viktor Yanukovych in which she strongly criticises the Ukrainian President and the Minister for Education for their recent comments on the 1932-33 Holodomor.  She rounds on them both by clearly setting out who, why and how many died during the Holodomor.

“You should be ashamed of yourself – she tells the President – for not defending the millions of Ukrainian farmers/peasants that were systematically liquidated by an artificial famine in 1932-33... simply because they were Ukrainians.  Your remarks to the PACE were nothing but a betrayal of your own people...!”

Click here for the full text (in Ukrainian).

The highly charged letter is perhaps the first such open condemnation by a Holodomor survivor to the comments made by V. Yanukovych in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. 

It is hard to imagine any Holodomor survivor disagreeing with her.

 



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