The scale of the tragedy is still hard to assess: the discussions as to the number of victims continue, while the researchers count them in millions. There is no way to help them now, but we must remember and remind ourselves what happened during this terrifying time. An important part of that is the Day of Remembrance of Holodomors victims.
This day is commemorated on the fourth Saturday of November (this year it’s November 25). It was introduced by President Kuchma on Nov. 26, 1998, as the Day of Remembrance of Holodomor Victims. Later on, it was renamed into Day of Remembrance of Holodomor and political repression victims. On May 21, 2007, the original name was returned.
While Holodomor (in Ukrainian it means to kill by starvation) of 1932-1933 is recognized as genocide of Ukrainians, today the country commemorates all victims of famines of the 20th century, adding the events of 1921-1923 and 1946-1947. Although not recognized genocide, the famines of 1921-1923 and 1946-1947 aren’t historically motivated, as the crops in Ukraine were good enough to feed people, if it weren’t for the Soviet policy of sending the crops to Russia in the 20s and Eastern bloc countries in the 40s.