On Saturday, November 27, the Ukrainian American community will commemorate the 88th anniversary of Ukraine’s Holodomor Famine-Genocide of 1932–1933 with a solemn requiem service in New York City.
The ecumenical prayer service to remember and honor the millions of innocent victims of one of the worst tragedies that befell the Ukrainian nation, will be concelebrated by the Ukrainian Orthodox and Ukrainian Catholic hierarchies at 1:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 5th Avenue between 50th & 51st Streets, NYC.
Today, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC held the Holodomor Memorial Service.
As Deacon Thomas Stadnik said, “The Service was held to commemorate the 86th anniversary of the Genocide of Ukrainian People by artificially imposed Famine during 1932 and 1933 at the command of the merciless Satanic sociopath and mass murderer Josef Stalin. After imposing a collective farming program, Soviet authorities confiscated all food and beverages and all livestock from vast stretches of Ukraine, leaving people literally to starve to death, while the facts of these events were covered up and denied by Stalin and his henchmen. Whole extended families died out in this horrid genocidal famine. Today we pray for all who died, especially those who have no one left alive to pray for them, and for those few who did survive and live with the terrible memory of that experience.
The 2019 Holodomor Remembrance in New York City will take place on Saturday, November 16
The bus trip is on “First Come, First Serve.” Dyakuyu.
May Christ our true God, risen from the dead, place the souls of His departed servants, the victims of the Holodomor genocide, in the abode of the Saints, grant them rest in the bosom of Abraham, and number them among the righteous, through the prayers of His most pure Mother, of the holy, glorious, and praiseworthy Apostles, of our venerable and God‐bearing Fathers, and of all the Saints; may He have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and loves mankind.
On Saturday, December 1, the University of New Haven hosted a very well-attended concert and public forum commemorating the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor and the fifth anniversary of the Maidan Revolution of Dignity.
The concert was the brainchild of virtuoso pianist Victor Markiw, lecturer in music at the University of New Haven, and was co-organized with Olena Lennon, adjunct professor of political science at UNH.
Read the Ukrainian Weekly press on the event here.
Those who think deeply about the meaning of the commemoration of the Holodomor by necessity come back to the Gospel of Matthew where he says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.” Father Gregory Zubacz of the Ukrainian Catholic Mission Church in Fresno, California, said last year (2017): “Our hunger and thirst for the truth is why we have come together today, to demonstrate that the truth can never remain hidden, and to tell our story to the world. And by gathering here and doing so, we are plowing a field of justice in the world so that the seeds of true peace may grow for future generations to be nourished with. Where once was sown a bitter harvest may we now sow the seeds of hope so that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness may be satisfied.” The 1932-33 genocidal famine should not be a something to merely observe each year because “that’s what we do” but our observance is of the genocide is an opportunity to know and understand our humanity in light of our pursuit of truth and faithfulness to the Lord of Life. Only in light of a relationship with Christ does our desire for peace come true and lasting.
The Polish-Hungarian Friendship Society will be hosting a discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum on Tuesday, February 13, at Yale University in Linsly-Chittenden Hall 317 at 5:30 p.m. The discussion will be moderated by Laszlo Gendler.
Ms. Applebaum recently published Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine.
Mention of Applebaum and her new book was noted on this parish blog here.
An article on the book by George Weigel.
November is the month of commemoration to honor the victims of the 1932-1933 genocide-famine in Ukraine.
A website curating all sorts of events, resources, and reflections on the Holodomor can be found here. This website is work of the U.S. Committee for Ukrainian Holodomor-Genocide Awareness 1932-33.
This year it is the 85th Anniversary of this VERY tragic event of human history.
Anne Applebaum’s book, Red Famine is spoken of as a major contribution to the public recognition of the state-orchestrated famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine during which estimated 4 million Ukrainian died. The book puts the story of the forced famine (Holodomor) in the context of the Russian imperial, early Soviet (Leninist and Stalinist), as well as post-Soviet attempts to subjugate Ukraine. Red Famine integrates newly available archival evidence into an account that is compelling and well-written. Of special value is Applebaum’s attention to the politics of memory and the relentless attempts by the Soviet and the present-day Russian government to distort, diminish, and suppress the memory of the genocide against the Ukrainian nation.