November is the month of remembrances for those who served in our armed forces on Veterans Day and our loved ones on Thanksgiving Day. There is also another remembrance that most people are unaware of. This month is the 80th anniversary of the horrific genocide of peasantry in Ukraine by forced starvation.
In 1932-33 Stalin’s ruthless plan to eliminate Ukrainians by taking every bit of food away from them, killed 25,000 each day. The Soviet Collectivization program required all grain collected by farmers and peasants to be transported out of Ukraine, leaving its people to starve.
In that one year, 5 million starved to death. Taking into account all people who were either killed, starved or transported to the gulags from 1927 to 1938, the sacrifices are around 10 million.
This Great Famine or √Holodomor (forced starvation) has been recognized by the U.S. Congress, the United Nations, the European Union and UNESCO as one of the most vicious and inhumane treatments by any government. The Ukrainian community of Miami will join other communities throughout the world in remembering these victims.
Oksana Piaseckyj, South Florida Holodomor Commemorative Committee, Sunny Isles Beach