With Christmas just two days away, this may seem an odd topic for the season of goodwill and joy. Then again, maybe not.
The question begs: How can you have a federally-financed museum of human rights that does not included the Ukrainian Holodomor, the starvation of some seven million Ukrainians in 1932-33 by Stalin?
The answer is you can’t, not if it’s going to truly be a museum that “increases understanding and awareness about human rights,” as it promises.
At this moment, the celebrated Canadian Museum of Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg, the brainchild of the late Izzy Asper and energized by his daughter Gail, has only two permanent galleries: A Holocaust gallery and an Aboriginal peoples gallery.
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) is upset there’s little mention of the Ukrainian famine, perhaps the only man-made famine in history, that Stalin implemented to bring Ukraine to heel and to eliminate a huge proportion of Ukrainians who resisted collectivization and communism.
It was genocide of the first order.
It scarred the conscience of Ukrainians, and every civilized person who was aware of it…