Ukrainian Caucus Co-Chairs Introduce Resolution Recognizing the 85th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide

Jun 8, 2018 Issues: Foreign Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, a resolution solemnly commemorating the 85th anniversary of the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide, known as the Holodomor, was introduced by Representative Sandy Levin (D-MI) and fellow Congressional Ukrainian Caucus co-chairs Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Andy Harris, M.D. (R-MD).

“On the 85th anniversary of the Famine-Genocide, we honor the memory of the victims, cherish the survivors, and again light the way for those still uninformed about the truth. The horrors of the Famine-Genocide of 1923-33 resulted from the deliberate effort by the Soviet Union to destroy Ukrainian identity and thwart the Ukrainian people’s struggle for independence and freedom.

“This resolution reaffirms the findings of the Commission on the Ukraine Famine and recommits us to educating others regarding the lessons of this genocide. It is also an expression of support for the people of Ukraine who continue to work towards building a vibrant, democratic society and free-market economy with full respect for human rights,” said Rep. Levin.

Between 7 and 10 million Ukrainians were killed between 1932 and 1933 in a Soviet government-orchestrated Famine-Genocide. In 1985, Congress established the Commission on the Ukraine Famine which submitted its findings to Congress in 1988.

In 2005, Rep. Levin authored legislation to establish a memorial to the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide on federal land in the District of Columbia. The legislation was signed into law by then President Bush the following year and the work to build the monument commenced. It was officially dedicated in 2015.