News Society, 01/12/2020

Kharkivites Honor Holodomor Victims

On November 28, Kharkiv residents commemorate the victims of Holodomor also known as the Terror-Famine and Famine-Genocide.

Commemorative events started in the morning and have taken place during the whole day in various city locations. Remembrance activities in honor of Ukrainians who starved to death in 1932-1933 were held at the Memorial to Holodomor Victims. It is located on the city’s boundaries, in remembrance of people who were banned to cross this border in search of food. Kharkivites laid flowers and lighted candle lamps at the monument. A requiem liturgy was served in St. Demetrius Church.

At 1 p.m. dozens of Kharkiv residents gathered at the Holodomor Victims’ Cross in the Molodizhny (Youth) Park on Pushkinska Street. A memorial service was also held there, and the event participants laid flowers, bread and wheat ears at the Cross. Those Kharkiv residents who survived the famine of the 1946-1947 post-war years attended the ceremony.

Also, at 4 p.m., Kharkivites came to Maidan Svobody to join the national commemorative “Light a Candle” campaign. The event took place near the “All for the Victory” tent.

Candle lamps and candles were displayed on the sidewalk near the Kharkiv Regional State Administration and on the windowsills inside the building.

Activists laid out a cross made of candle lamps to remember millions of victims who died during those years. People all over Ukraine put a lit candle on their windowsills, many social media users shared pictures of candles on this day.

“Our family largely survived the Holodomor but not all of them. Mom says, ‘When I was young, I wasn’t interested in it, I didn’t ask questions. And when I became interested, there was no one to ask.’ It wasn’t only my family that passed through it. From 4 to 10 million victims were killed by famine. It is a common pain of our nation and it’s very important to hold such events,” Svitlana Halashko, a volunteer and a member of Prosvita society, admits.

Reference: The Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Holodomor is an annual national Memorial Day, which is held in Ukraine on the fourth Saturday of November since 1998. More than 20 countries including Estonia, Australia, Canada, Hungary, Vatican, Lithuania, Georgia, Poland, Peru, Paraguay, Portugal and the USA recognized the famine of 1932–1933 as the genocide against the Ukrainian nation. According to different sources, the tragedy took the lives from 3 to 10 million people. Most Ukrainians died from starvation in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Odesa, Chernihiv, Zhytomyr, Poltava, Sumy and Cherkasy regions.

Text: Natalia Ivanova