Germany Urged to Recognize Holodomor
Ukrainian community in Munich gathers to honor the memory of the 7 million people who died during the Holodomor.
American historian James Mace wrote extensively about the scale of the Ukrainian Holodomor of 1932-1933. He moved to Kyiv from the United States in 1993. His wife says he wanted to be closer to the archives. In order to prove to the world that the famine was arranged by the Soviet regime.
He wrote a research project on the Holodomor. As a result, 4 volumes were published. ++ One volume was a report to US Congress. It became the basis for the resolution of the US Senate, and later – Congress – on the recognition of the Holodomor as genocide.
The resolution was adopted in December 2018 – some 30 years after Mace’s research was published. At the local level, Holodomor is recognized by 24 out of the 50 US states.
Michael Sawkiw, from the U.S. Committee of Ukrainian Genocide Holodomor Awareness, sees progress in the recognition by individual countries. “The coordinated actions of one country with another are important. We have been working on this for 40 years. And we were very happy about Congress making the decisions last year. Now, we’re working with the states which haven’t adopted it yet,” Sawkiw said.
Out of 195 UN member countries, 24, not counting Ukraine, made declarations on a national, parliamentary or regional level expressing solidarity with the Ukrainian people about the Holodomor—the majority of these countries recognizing it as genocide. Estonia was the first one to do this – in 1993. Then followed Australia, Canada, Hungary, Lithuania, Georgia, Poland among others.
Holodomor victims are commemorated by the UN, UNESCO, OSCE, PACE, and the European Parliament.
Ihor Kocherhin from the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance says people are afraid to talk about the Holodomor. “It’s not that they want to forget these things – but they sometimes don’t want to talk about them. Especially considering that for more than half a century they were told that this never happened,” Kocherhin said.
Russia refuses to recognize Stalin’s policy as genocide against Ukrainians. Professor at the University of Warsaw, Andrzej Szeptycki, said, “As always, it’s a question of relations with Russia. Many countries don’t want to aggravate them. So they refuse to recognize Holodomor as genocide.
Ukraine itself recognized the Holodomor as genocide in 2006. According to the Institute of National Remembrance, more than 7 million Ukrainians died over 17 months in 1932-1933.