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17080Ukrainian Orthodox Church of USA Calls To Mark 80th Anniversary of Genocidal Holodomor in Ukraine

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Oct 31, 2012
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      Ukrainian Orthodox Church of USA Calls To Mark 80th Anniversary of
      Genocidal Holodomor in Ukraine
      31 October 2012

      The Consistory Office of Public Relations of the Ukrainian Orthodox
      Church of the USA published a press release on ‘March of Remembrance’ in
      New York City, Ecumenical Service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral to kick-off
      80th Anniversary Commemoration of the Genocide in Ukraine.

      The Consistory Office reported with reference to U.S. Committee for
      Ukrainian Holodomor-Genocide Awareness 1932-33 that in the autumn of
      2012, Ukrainians throughout the world will begin a yearlong
      commemoration of the 80th anniversary of Ukraine’s Genocide of
      1932-1933, when up to ten million innocent victims were starved to death
      due to a deliberate Soviet policy designed to crush the nationally
      conscious Ukrainian peasantry. Two relevant factors make the 80th
      anniversary a unique opportunity to commemorate this event. First,
      documents previously held secret have been declassified and released and
      relate the genocidal nature of the famine. And, secondly, survivors and
      eyewitnesses who can provide a human-interest aspect to this story of
      the famine are still alive and prepared to tell their stories.

      On Saturday, November 17, 2012, thousands of Ukrainian Americans will
      march in New York’s borough of Manhattan under banners proclaiming
      “Ukraine Remembers – The World Recognizes!” and “Holodomor - Genocide in
      Ukraine: 1932-1933,” thus commencing a year-long tribute to the victims
      of the Ukrainian Holodomor of 1932-1933. The March of Remembrance will
      begin at St. George’s Ukrainian Catholic Church promptly at 10:30am and
      conclude at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where a solemn ecumenical requiem
      service will follow at 1pm. Previous March of Remembrances have been
      held in New York and other cities in the United States to raise
      awareness of the Ukrainian Holodomor within the American society.

      Throughout the procession route, participants in the March of
      Remembrance will distribute brochures, which provide a brief overview
      and history of the Ukrainian Genocide of 1932-1933. Communities
      participating in the March of Remembrance are requested to bring signs
      and placards promoting recognition of the Ukrainian Holodomor.

      The purpose of the March of Remembrance is to promote knowledge of the
      Holodomor and to share this knowledge with others. “During the March of
      Remembrance, we will remember the millions who died, and vow to do
      whatever we can to prevent such an atrocity from ever happening again.
      It is the first event in an effort to tell the story of the Ukrainians
      who perished during the Genocide of 1932-1933,” stated Tamara Olexy,
      President of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA).

      The March of Remembrance and the ecumenical service at St. Patrick’s
      Cathedral indicate the need for increased awareness of this seemingly
      unknown tragedy perpetrated by the Soviet regime. With thousands packing
      the pews in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, invited speakers to the memorial
      service include representatives from the United Nations, as well as U.S.
      and Ukrainian government officials. The hierarchs and clergy of the
      Ukrainian Orthodox and Catholic Churches will con-celebrate the solemn
      requiem service, while the “Dumka” Chorus of New York will sing the

      Michael Sawkiw, Jr., Chairman of the U.S. Committee for Ukrainian
      Holodomor-Genocide Awareness 1932-33, also commented on continuous plans
      for “conferences and exhibits, and developing curricula for high schools
      and colleges to educate the world about the Holodomor, which are being
      proposed throughout the 80th commemorative year. We also hope to
      dedicate a Memorial in 2013 to the innocent victims of the Ukrainian
      Genocide of 1932-1933 – on federal land in Washington, D.C.” Additional
      information will be forthcoming about future activities and events.