A memorial plaque commemorating the victims of the 1932-33 Holodomor in Ukraine was officially unveiled today in the centre of Derby by the city’s Mayor, Councillor Frank Harwood. The event was the culmination of Derby City Council’s decision last year to recognise the Holodomor as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian nation.  The local AUGB Branch worked closely with the Council both to recognise, and to dedicate a memorial to all Holodomor victims.

A Panakhyda Remembrance Service and ceremony of blessing the plaque led by Rev. Davyd Senyk and was followed by addresses from Mayor Harwood, Embassy of Ukraine Minister Councillor Andriy Marchenko, Pauline Latham OBE, Dame Margaret Beckett, AUGB Chair Petro Rewko, Ukrainian Information Service representative Jaroslaw Semehen, Holocaust Memorial Day Planning Group member Russel Pollard.  Minister Councillor Andriy Marchenko and AUGB Chair Petro Rewko laid two wreaths by the plaque.

The event was also attended by Councillor Chris Poulter - Leader of Derby City Council, Councillors Yvonne Williams, Rob Cooper and Ruth Skeleton, Naomi Field representing the family of Gareth Jones and by members of the Derby and surrounding Ukrainian communities in the Midlands.

A small Holodomor exhibition was open to the public in Derby’s Quad throughout the week in the lead up to the event where the commemorations ended in the afternoon with the screening of the film Mr Jones which portrays how Welsh journalist Gareth Jones revealed the Soviet cover-up of the Holodomor to the world.

A video recording of the unveiling of the plaque, Remembrance Service and address can be viewed here.


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