Edinburgh’s commemoration of the 85 anniversary of the Holodomor took place yesterday with a short ceremony at the Holodomor memorial followed by an exhibition and film screenings at the community centre.

The local AUGB Branch organised a new exhibition on the Holodomor, premiered in the UK, which was reproduced by kind courtesy of the Ukrainian Institute in New York.  Through heart-rending images, accurate facts and witness testimonies, the exhibition poignantly told the horrific truth of how Stalin deliberately, systematically and cruelly starved to death the ethnic Ukrainian people during the Holodomor.  

Also on display was an example of ingredients that the Ukrainian people would have had to use in order to try and survive.

“Holodomor Survivors”, a short film of witness testimonies of Ukrainians who lived through the genocide and subsequently settled in the UK, and the film 'Bitter Harvest' were screened during the afternoon as part of the programme of events.

In memory of those who died during Holodomor, our participants at the commemorative event on Saturday very generously donated a large amount of tined food and toiletries which were given to a local food bank.  AUGB Branch Chair Linda Allison commented: “No one should go hungry in this day and age.”

Earlier, Linda Allison and Ukraine’s Consul in Edinburgh, Andreii Kuslii, gave interviews to BBC Radio Scotland on the Holodomor, aired at 9.45am on 24 November.


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