UWC announces logo for 80th anniversary commemorations of the Holodomor

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12 April 2013



UWC announces logo for 80th anniversary commemorations of the Holodomor

Wheat – the symbol of life, prosperity, spiritual wealth. It is the grain which, for centuries, has been associated with our nation’s livelihood. During the 1932-33 Holodomor, however, it became a weapon of the genocide orchestrated to destroy the very fabric of that nation.


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. It became known as the law of “Five ears of grain.”


The logo selected by the Ukrainian World Congress for the 80th commemorative year, designed by Canadian artist of Ukrainian descent Oleh Lesiuk, depicts five stalks of wheat delicately bound with a black ribbon. While serving as a reminder of the devastation characterized by the totalitarian regime’s law, the wheat symbolizes the Ukrainian nation’s determination in the struggle to live and prosper; the nation’s courage and perseverance in the struggle for its future.

Ukraine remembers – the World acknowledges!

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The UWC is the international coordinating body for Ukrainian communities in the diaspora representing the interests of over 20 million Ukrainians. The UWC has member organizations in 33 countries and ties with Ukrainians in 14 additional countries. Founded in 1967 as a non-profit corporation, the UWC was recognized in 2003 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council as a non-governmental organization (NGO) with special consultative status.

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