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18.11.2010

Call to Light a Candle in Memory of the Victims of Holodomor

   

The Civic Committee for Honouring the Memory of the Victims of Holodomor – genocide 1932-1933 are calling on Ukrainians on 27 November to light candles in memory of the millions starved to death through manmade famine.

The Committee’s appeal states: that they are calling “on all people of good will, regardless of their nationality, citizenship and faith, all who share the pain and sorrow of the Ukrainian people, on 27 November, at 16.00, to light a candle in memory of the victims of Holodomor”.

Member of the Committee and former political prisoner, Yevhen Sversyuk stresses that honouring the Memory of Victims must not be politicized. “The lighting of a candle in memory, remembering in churches those who were given no burial service – we shouldn’t politicize this action. We wish to awaken in society the spirit of remembrance”.

Another member of the Committee, Ivan Vasyunyk, said that there was still no official position from the authorities regarding events which are or are not to take place on 27 November. It was the lack of such a position which prompted the formation of the Committee. Its members including Ihor Yuknovsky, former Head of the Institute for National Remembrance, Yevhen Sverstyuk, the General Secretary of the World Congress of Ukrainians, Stefan Romaniv, and a number of prominent academic and civic figures.

The meeting on Wednesday approved a plan for nationwide measures to mark Remembrance Day for the Victims of Holodomor – Genocide 1932-1933 in Ukraine, under the general name: “Holodomor 1932-1933 was genocide. Remember”.

In the public appeal, also approved, there is a call for all churches and religious organizations, to hold prayers and take part in remembrance ceremonies for the Victims of Holodomor.

It calls on political parties, civic organizations and other institutions of civic society on an apolitical basis, without any party or other symbols, under the national flag with ribbons of mourning in Kyiv and at regional level, to unite on 27 November in this act of remembrance.

The fourth Saturday in November is Remembrance Day for the Victims of Holodomor and Political Repression.

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