Maidan MN and the Ukrainian American Community Center invite the general public to attend the Commemoration of Holodomor, a ceremony to honor the memory of the victims of the 1932-1933 Genocide Famine in Ukraine.
The event is free and open to the public, and will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Boulevard West, Saint Paul, MN, 55102.
The Commemoration is a tribute to the millions of Ukrainians who died due to starvation, deportation to labor camps, and execution during the famine deliberately imposed by Stalin's regime on Soviet Ukraine and primarily ethnically Ukrainian areas in the Northern Caucasus in 1932-1933. The Soviet Union denied the famine account until the late 1980s. The historical analysis of the engineered famine, as well as personal stories, will be shared by members of the local Ukrainian community, accompanied by Holodomor video materials. The event will offer an opportunity to reflect on Ukraine’s tragic and bloodstained past and provide context for Ukraine’s bid for freedom and democracy following upon the Euromaidan Revolution of 2013-2014. The event follows the dedication of the Holodomor Memorial in Washington, DC in November of this year.
“The Great Ukrainian Famine and the Cost of Forgetting” will be presented by Dr. Paul Gavrilyuk, Aquinas Chair of Theology and Philosophy, Theology Department, University of St. Thomas. Dr. Gavrilyuk notes, “Holodomor is a revelation of human nature functioning at the extremes of depravity and self-sacrifice. Holodomor is an attempt to rob the people of Ukraine, especially its peasants, of their dignity. The memory of Holodomor is vital for the rebuilding of the Ukrainian state and the formation of civil society following upon the Revolution of Dignity in 2013-2014.”
Stefan Iwaskewycz will present “Thoughts on the Oral History of the Holodomor,” recollecting his family memories in light of the wordlessness of the victims. He says, “It is fascinating to me that she [my grandmother] frequently and freely spoke to us about her WWII experience; however, she never spoke to us about the Holodomor, never even mentioned it once, until I started to ask her about it as a teenager.”
Valerie Brukhis will unveil the tragedy of inhumanity and the epiphany of humanity through the past and present events in Ukraine in her presentation “Remembering Holodomor Victims, Honoring Euromaidan Heroes.”
A candle lighting ceremony and prayer will conclude the event. Expected in attendance are representatives of religious, ethnic and civic communities of the Twin Cities.
To learn more about this event please contact:
301 Main St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413