Local Ukrainians commemorate 1932 genocide
- Sat Nov 19 2011
HOLODOMOR Members of Hamilton’s Unkrainian community gathered last year at the Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Vladimirtook to take part in a memorial service for the Holodomor, the systematic starvation of an estimated 7-8 million Ukrainians by Stalin in 1932-33. The genocide is remembered on the fourth Sunday of November each year.Scott Gardner/The Hamilton Spectator
Hamilton Ukrainians are commemorating a 1932 tragedy in their native land with a week of local public events.
The tragedy is a large-scale imposed famine Ukrainians call a genocide in which six million to 10 million people were starved to death by the Soviet Union’s Joseph Stalin regime in 1932 and ’33.
Olya Sheweli, Hamilton branch president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress says the genocide 78 years ago is on the same tragic scale as the Holocaust.
Ukrainians have succeeded in getting the UN and countries, including Canada, to recognize the famine was genocide. But they want present-day Russia to acknowledge it, too, and to offer compensation, Sheweli said. “They just say it was a famine, that neighbouring countries experienced it as well — which is revisionist history.”
Hamilton Holodomor Awareness Week events:
Monday — Friday
Display of 33 flags at Bay Street federal building, City Hall, the Stoney Creek Civic Centre, and Hamilton and Burlington Ukrainian churches, to symbolize the 1932-33 famine-genocide.
Monday, 7 p.m.
Genocide Revealed film screening. Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 241 Kenilworth Ave. N.
First Holodomor Canadian museum opens to the public. Metropolitan Wasyly Learning Centre, Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Vladimir, 855 Barton St. E., Hamilton. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Town hall meeting with Roman Krutsyk, Kiev City Memorial Society president and author of The People’s War on the insurgency movements in Soviet Ukraine from 1919 to 1933. 5:30 p.m.
Daylong Holodomor display, Genocide Revealed screening and food drive organized by the McMaster Ukrainian Student Association. McMaster University Student Centre
International Holodomor Memorial Day
Holodomor commemoration, 3 p.m. at Hamilton City Hall