The logo selected for the80th commemorative year, designed by Ukrainian Canadian artist Oleh Lesiuk, depicts five stalks of wheat delicately bound with a black ribbon. While serving as a reminder of the famine’s devastation, the wheat symbolizes the Ukrainian nation’s determination to live and prosper; the nation’s future.
“Five Ears of Grain” Law
On August 7, 1932, Joseph Stalin authored a law with a sentence of death or 10 years’ imprisonment for the misappropriation of collective farm property. This law led to mass arrests and executions. Even children caught picking handfuls of grain from fields were convicted.
* The 1931 harvest was 18.3 million tons of grain.
* The 1932 harvest was 14.6 million tons of grain.
* The 1933 harvest was 22.3 million tons of grain
* The Soviet regime dumped 1.7 million tons of grain on
the Western markets at the height of the Holodomor.
* At the height of the Holodomor Ukrainian villagers
were dying at the rate of 25,000 per day or 1,000 per
hour or 17 per minute.
* Children comprised one-third of the Holodomor
victims in Ukraine. Large numbers of children were
orphaned and became homeless.
* The Ukrainian population was reduced by as much as 25 percent.