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06.12.2006

Poland condemns totalitarian regime for Holodomor

   

The Polish Sejm has passed a Resolution in which it honours the victims of Holodomor in Ukraine. During the recent commemoration of the anniversary of Holodomor there was more coverage by journalists and historians in the Polish media than ever before of the tragedy of the Ukrainian Tragedy of the 1930s.

The Polish Parliament had previously recognized Holodomor as genocide against the Ukrainian people, as have the parliaments of Argentina, Australia, Estonia, Canada, the USA, Italy, Hungary, Lithuania and Georgia.

The document passed on 6 December states:

“The Polish Parliament is united in grief with relatives of the victims of Holodomor in Ukraine which in 1932-1933 claimed the lives of millions of Ukrainian villagers and condemns the totalitarian regime responsible for this genocide. With deepest sympathy for the people of Ukraine, the Polish Sejm expresses the hope that the memory of this crime will be a warning against all forms of totalitarianism which so devastated Europe in the XX century, especially Poles and Ukrainians.”

The Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Oleksandr Moroz was present in the Sejm when the Resolution was passed unanimously.

Polish historians stress that communist totalitarianism for decades prohibited Ukrainian historians from researching the Terrible Famine in Ukraine.

Polish historians have no doubt themselves, however believe that Russia which bears historical responsibility for the Famine should recognize that it was a crime against humanity.

Poles are particularly aware of Ukrainian historic wounds since Moscow also refuses to recognize the murder of Polish officers at Katyn by the NKVD as genocide.

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