Marking the 85th Anniversary of Ukraine’s Famine-Genocide

At the New York State Capitol, state Sen. Kathleen A. Marchione and Dr. Andrij Baran hold the resolution marking the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor, which was passed in the State Senate on May 1. Witnessing the historic event are members of the Capital District’s Ukrainian-American community. (Photo via The Ukrainian Weekly)

The Ukrainian Weekly reports that the New York State Senate on May 1 passed a resolution marking the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor, the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide of 1932-1933 during which at least 5 million people in Ukraine died, “resulting in the annihilation of an estimated 25 percent of the rural population of that country, at the time one of the most productive agricultural areas of the Soviet Union.”

Resolution J4882, sponsored by Kathleen A. Marchione (43rd Senate District) and co-sponsored by James Tedisco (49th Senate District), further states that the famine “also resulted in the deaths of an estimated 1 million to 2 million people in regions outside Ukraine, mostly in the largely ethnically Ukrainian North Caucasus territory.”

The legislative resolution cites the final report of the U.S. Commission on the Ukraine Famine, dated April 22, 1988, which concluded that the victims “starved to death in a man-made famine” and that “Joseph Stalin and those around him committed genocide against the Ukrainians in 1932-1933.”

Andrij Baran, chairman of the Capital District Committee for the Commemoration of the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide, noted that there is a nationwide effort underway by the Ukrainian-American community to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor.

To honor this genocide’s victims, Dr. Baran said, the national committee is trying to obtain resolutions in all 50 states. State resolutions and proclamations have already been passed in Oregon, Washington, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and California.

Read more about efforts to “raise awareness of the Holodomor, which Pope Francis characterized as one of ‘the three biggest genocides of the last century,’ along with the Armenian Genocide and the Jewish Holocaust,” in The Ukrainian Weekly.

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