The Ukrainian World Congress is urging Ukrainians worldwide to hold commemorative events and participate in the Holodomor-90 educational campaign, marking the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor genocide. Let us pay tribute to the countless innocent Ukrainians who lost their lives in the manufactured famine of 1932-1933. Join the Holodomor genocide memorial events in your respective countries of residence.
The Ukrainian community in Canada has planned a number of commemorative events on the occasion of the anniversary of the Holodomor. In Vancouver, the commemoration will take place on November 26 at 13:00 local time in the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral. In Toronto, Ukrainians will gather on November 25 at 14:00 local time at the Holodomor Memorial Parkette at 100 Princes’ Blvd.
In the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C., there is an ongoing exhibition dedicated to the anniversary of the Holodomor genocide. The event is taking place at the Victims of Communism Museum, where anyone can view letters from witnesses of the Holodomor and numerous documentary photos.
In the United Kingdom, on November 23, the House of Lords will hold debates on recognizing the Holodomor as genocide against the Ukrainian people. You can follow the event online at the provided link. The resolution recognizing the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as genocide against the Ukrainian people was adopted by the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom in May.
Ukrainians in Scotland will gather in Glasgow on November 25. The event will take place at 18:30 local time at Sikorski Polish Club, 5 Parkgrove Terrace, Glasgow G3 7SD. “The Holodomor is a genocide of the Ukrainian people committed in 1932-1933. We invite you to the event to honor the memory of those who suffered in this tragedy. An exhibition and a film screening will be held as part of the event,” the organizers wrote. Please note that the seating capacity is limited, so participation requires prior registration.
Ukrainians in Australia will also honor the memory of the Holodomor victims. In Melbourne, on November 25, a memorial service is planned at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral – Multi-Faith Service at 16:00 local time. In addition, on November 26, a liturgy will be held in the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos.
Also, on November 24, the Ukrainian Women’s Association Victoria will commemorate the victims of the Holodomor in Melbourne. The event will take place from 18:00 to 19:00 local time on the steps of the Parliament of Victoria. “Join us in raising awareness of one of the darkest periods in history and honoring the millions who died during the Holodomor,” the organizers wrote.
On November 24, Stockholm, Sweden, will host the opening of the world’s most famous exhibition about the Holodomor – project MARIA by the Canadian artist of Ukrainian origin, Lesia Maruschak. Entry is free, but registration via the link is required.
Ukrainians in Argentina will hold a commemorative event in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral at 16:00 local time on November 25.
Ukrainians in Estonia are planning a “Light a candle” campaign on November 25 at 15:00 local time. “The fourth Saturday of November… On this day, traditionally, Ukrainians all over the world commemorate the millions of victims of the Holodomor in Ukraine. The Congress of Ukrainians in Estonia organizes commemorative rallies for the victims of this genocide of the Ukrainian people every year. We invite everyone who cares to come with candles on November 25 at 15:00 to Vabaduse (“Freedom”) Square (Tallinn) and join the “Light a candle” rally, which is taking place as part of the campaign of the Ukrainian World Congress under the slogan “We remember, unite, and shall overcome,” the organizers said.
The Ukrainian community in Denmark posted a list of events at the link. In addition, the presentation of the Skrynia [“Chest for valuables”] book about the Holodomor for children by the Ukrainian children’s writer Kateryna Yegorushkina has already taken place in Copenhagen. “In the book, Kateryna delicately touches on the subject of the Holodomor and painful loss, so as not to hurt the young reader, but also to convey to him memories of the horrors and excitement of a child who survived the Holodomor. The author read her book with the older students of the school, and also joined the conversation with parents about how to talk about the Holodomor with children,” the organizers said.
A number of Ukrainian communities around the world have also already held commemorations of the Holodomor victims. In particular, on November 8, a memorable event took place in the US state of Minnesota.
During the commemoration of the victims of the Holodomor in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, Sergiy Kyslytsya, Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the UN, said that 45 countries of the world have already joined the Declaration on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor. The Ukrainian delegation at the UN initiated the signing of the document.
“By initiating the Declaration and holding discussions between UN Member States, the Ukrainian side continues to raise awareness of the horrors of Holodomor,” Kyslytsya said.
Currently, Russia uses famine as a method of warfare, blocking Ukraine’s food exports, attacking Ukrainian ports and grain storages, and turning fertile Ukrainian soil into a battlefield, the diplomat emphasized.
“Therefore, the UN member states emphasize in the declaration that the memory of past horrors and atrocities should strengthen the efforts of the international community, aimed at ensuring the unconditional observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as at preventing the transformation of food into weapons,” Kyslytsia said. Ukrainian diplomacy continues to work on international recognition of the Holodomor as genocide, Kyslytsya emphasized.
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