Statement from Dr. David Swann on Holodomor Remembrance Day

Edmonton, AB (November 26, 2016): Dr. David Swann made this statement on Holodomor Remembrance Day:

“In 1932 and 1933, the dictator Stalin of Russia closed Ukraine’s borders, forcibly collectivized all the food and intentionally starved to death 5 million men, women and children. This premeditated murder of millions in an attempted genocide is comparable only to the Nazi massacre of the Jews a decade later.

“The years between 1928 and 1938 have become known as the Decade of Terror. During this period, famine and persecution took the lives of 10 million Ukrainians.

“Unknown to the rest of the world because of the deliberate falsification of census data, the details of this horrific tragedy have been slow in emerging.

“For Alberta’s Ukrainian community, Holodomor Remembrance Day is about more than shining a light on history. It is about honouring the memory of friends and family who perished during those terrible years.

“Immigrants from Ukraine form one of Alberta’s strongest and most vibrant communities. I join with them in remembering the millions of lives lost in the Holodomor.”