Saturday, November 24, 2012


Throughout the world today, Ukrainians are lighting candles and praying for the millions of their countrymen murdered through forced famine in 1932-33 by the Russian Soviet regime.   You will find many news items about this, and many links to historical articles and books online.  

Just ignore the deniers and those twisting the truth -- there was no famine, it was not a genocide, there was a drought, and on and on.  Oh, yes, it did not happen (if it did at all) only in Ukraine, but also in Russia.....Sure.   It did, but in villages populated by Ukrainians, not in Russian ones.

One important thing -- if, as the Russians say, the hunger and deaths also happened in Russia -- where are the Russian commemorations of this horror?  Don't they want to mourn their own dead?  I don't remember reading about a single church service or candle-lighting for their memory.  

What?  There weren't any?  Why?  Could it be because there were no Russian deaths from hunger? 

Yes, we had the famine in Russia, not just in Ukraine -- but we stopped Ukrainians from crossing the border into Russia for food -- we even shot them, and didn't permit them to buy train tickets to leave.  But yes, we had our Russian dead -- we just don't commemorate them, and don't honour them....   Of course, you did.

Sunday, November 18, 2012


There is still time to register for the two remaining Ukrainian Culture classes at McNally Robinson --  

The folks attending the previous ones are wonderful, enthusiastic, and participate in the very interesting discussions.   And many are attending all the classes. 

Please join us.


It seems that not much has changed since I wrote the following after the 50th commemoration of the Holodomor in 1983:

Friday, November 9, 2012


I have posted this last year, but it's so relevant to Remembrance Day that I'm doing it again.