Holodomor

Click here to visit the page of the UCC National Holodomor Awareness Committee

Click here to visit the page of the UCC National Holodomor Education Committee


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Visit
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for a listing of Holodomor National Awareness Week Events


Holodomor – one of the most heinous crimes in the history of mankind, was the result of a deliberate political strategy masterminded by Stalin and his totalitarian communist regime.   By sheer magnitude, losses during the Holodomor surpassed those of the Ukrainian nation during the Second World War.  Ukrainians worldwide continue to suffer the consequences of this merciless act.

With the de-classification of documents in Ukraine and eyewitness accounts, the world has learned of a horrific crime against humanity about which little was previously known or officially confirmed.  The confirmation was made by Ukraine itself in its quest for historical truth and national identity.  It is fact that the Holodomor: a) occurred; b) was deliberate; and was c) designed to destroy a nation.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) believes it is vital to ensure that this tragedy is not forgotten as it is the best hope against history repeating itself.

To further awareness and education, UCC has established two committees:

Recognition of the Holodomor as Genocide:

Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada voted in 2006 to recognize the Ukrainian famine of 1932-33 as an act of genocide by enacting legislation the Закон України «Про Голодомор 1932–1933 років в Україні» Act on the 1932-33 Holodomor in Ukraine.

Following Ukraine’s lead, supported by the wealth of information available, the international community joined in recognizing the Holodomor.  To date, fourteen countries have formally recognized the Holodomor as an act of genocide: Australia, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, and the Vatican.

The Government of Canada recognized the Holodomor in May 2008 with an Act declaring the famine an act of genocide and establishing a national Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day.  Similar legislation has been passed by the provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.

The UCC continues to work toward recognition of the Holodomor as genocide in all Canadian provinces and supports the international campaign for recognition by the United Nations.

For additional information and Holodomor survivor testimonies please go to:  Sharing the Story

Ukraine remembers – the World acknowledges