Holodomor commemorations to take place in London

80th anniversary of Stalin’s man-made Famine and murder of millions of Ukrainians to be remembered in the UK capital  Holodomor memorial in West  London

2013 marks the 80th anniversary of the Holodomor – one of the most tragic events in the history of Ukraine. As the generation of survivors leaves our midst the question of maintaining the memory of Holodomor becomes more and more urgent. At stake are not only family stories but the understanding of the past that made us the way that we are today.

On Thursday, November 21st, 2013, the Ukrainian Institute in London will host a talk by Daria Mattingly, a PhD student in Ukrainian Studies at University of Cambridge, who is researching the memory of Holodomor. Mrs. Mattingly will be talking about postmemory of Holodomor – how the children and grandchildren of the survivors made sense of the trauma that preceded their births. She will try to elucidate how postmemory was preserved and why some people in Ukraine do not have any recollection of Holodomor. The talk will be held in English. (for full details click here)

On Sunday November 17th, the film The Robbed Land (Окрадена Земля) will be shown at the London branch of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain.

Holodomor memorial in west London

Holodomor memorial in west London

On Saturday, November 23rd, a memorial service will take place at the Holodomor memorial in West London, next to the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Representatives of the Ukrainian Embassy, Ukrainian Orthodox and Catholic churches, Ukrainian organisations and schoolchildren will convene at the memorial for a religious requiem and wreath laying ceremony to honour the millions of Ukrainians who were killed during the man-made famine of 1932/33.

Holodomor Remembrance Day, every 4th Saturday in November, marks one of most tragic episodes in world history – the 1932-33 Holodomor – when Stalin’s Soviet regime used famine as a weapon to murder millions of innocent men, women and children in an attempt to destroy the Ukrainian people.

Church services will be held at both the Ukrainian Orthodox and Catholic churches in London on Sunday, November 24th and an exhibition of posters, organised by the Ukrainian Embassy in London, will be on display.

The Holodomor (Ukrainian: Голодомор, ‘Морити голодом’, literal translation Killing by hunger) was a man-made famine in the Ukrainian SSR between 1932 and 1933. During the famine, which is also known as the “terror-famine in Ukraine” and “famine-genocide in Ukraine”, millions of Ukrainians died of starvation in a peacetime catastrophe unprecedented in the history of Ukraine.

To view a short video of the 75th anniversary commemorations in London click here 

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