June 30, 2017
Making the Holodomor known
“Holodomor 1932-1933. Famine-Genocide in Ukraine. In memory of the millions of innocent victims of a man-made famine in Ukraine engineered and implemented by Stalin’s totalitarian regime.” That’s the text on the Holodomor Memorial in Washington. That this evocative memorial was erected in 2015 warks a huge accomplishment and a significant step toward raising public awareness. The hope is, of course, that seeing the memorial will move visitors to read up on the Holodomor.
To that end, there are a number of noteworthy initiatives in North America that strive to make the Ukrainian genocide known to the public.
In 2012, Bohdan Klid and Alexander J. Motyl compiled and edited “The Holodomor Reader: A Sourcebook on the Famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine,” which presents evidence that the Holodomor was genocide and includes research findings, legal assessments, eyewitness accounts, documents and excerpts of literary works. Reviewing the book in this newspaper, Lana Babij wrote: “This is a book that belongs in every medium to large public or academic library. It belongs in every Ukrainian school. It is recommended for the personal library of any individual who wishes to speak with some authority on the subject, or simply wants to learn more about this immense tragedy for the Ukrainian people.”