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Zuzak GRC Report; Wed., May 07, 2008

(1) Holodomor Flame:  
Starting with Toronto on 18Apr2008 and ending in Edmonton on 03May2008, Stefan Horlatsch has successfully escorted the Holodomor Flame through the cities of Winnipeg, Yorkton, Regina, Saskatoon, Vegreville, Red Deer and Calgary. Media reports and a photo gallery may be viewed at
http://www.ucc.ca/holodomor/flame/index.htm
People who have access to media reports or photographs that are not yet included on this UCC web page are requested to send them to Irka Mycak at irkam@sympatico.ca .

To follow the progress of the Flame across the United States consult the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America at http://ucca.org/home/ .

The Flame is scheduled to return to Canada at Niagara Falls on 22May2008 and culminate in Ottawa on 26May2008 during the state visit of President Viktor Yushchenko before returning to the United States. (President Yuschenko is also slated to visit Edmonton and Winnipeg on 27May2008.)

 (2) Holodomor Files:
Four articles have been archived this past month in the Holodomor files at
http://www.telusplanet.net/public/mozuz/holodomor/holodomor.html
Denying the Holodomor”, To David Miliband, 07May2008; W. Zuzak
UK Government refuses to recognise the Holodomor as a genocide”, 12Apr2008; S. Komarnyckyj
The genocide loophole”, Los Angeles Times, 08Apr2008; Jonah Goldberg
The Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933 as an Act of Genocide”, 2003 competition; Christina Maslo

(3) Ukrainian defamation: 
A deliberate attempt to defame Ukrainians has been exposed by Dr. Lubomyr Prytulak as “Oles Buzyna’s Hitler Doll Hoax” archived at
http://www.ukar.ca/shevchenko/buzyna/hitler.html

Halya Coynash of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group has also responded to this defamation at
http://www.unian.net/eng/news/news-249363.html

Respectfully submitted
Will Zuzak,  2008-05-07

Denying the Holodomor

Mr. David Miliband
Foreign Secretary
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street
London SW1 2AH
England
milibandd@parliament.uk

Dear Mr. Miliband:

I have been informed that the British government has declined to recognize the Holodomor -- the Ukrainian famine-genocide of 1932/33 -- as a genocide perpetrated by Josef Stalin and his Bolshevik henchmen against the Ukrainian people.

At his website http://www.holodomor.org.uk/
Steve Komarnyckyj steve@writerandtranslator.co.uk
has reproduced two articles (dated 30Nov2006 and 01Dec2006) written by "Research Analysts, Foreign & Commonwealth Office" advising the British government not to recognize the Holodomor as a genocide. I am appalled by the shallowness of their knowledge and their argumentation, which repeatedly emphasizes that other areas of the Soviet Union were also affected by the famine. They refuse to recognize that the spectre of "losing Ukraine" was a major reason for Stalin to deliberately impose the famine on Ukraine. Historical documents repeatedly quote Stalin referring to Petliurists and bourgeois nationalists as wreckers of his industrialization/collectivization plans.

My critique of their analysis is archived on the Holodomor page of my website at
http://www.willzuzak.ca/tp/holodomor/holodomor.html
or specifically at
http://www.willzuzak.ca/tp/holodomor/komarnyckyj20080412ePoshtaWZ.html
such that I will not repeat my comments here.

However, I will repeat my contention that all European governments, who had diplomatic missions located within the Soviet Union, were aware of the genocidal nature of the famine raging throughout Ukraine in 1932/33. For example, in his report from Kharkiv, dated 31 May 1933, the Italian consul general prognosticated on the devastation of the country: "The current disaster will bring about a preponderantly Russian colonization of Ukraine. In a future time, perhaps very soon, one will no longer be able to speak of a Ukraine, or of a Ukrainian people, and thus not even of a Ukrainian problem, because Ukraine will have become a de facto Russian region." (See article by Roman Serbyn archived at
http://www.willzuzak.ca/tp/holodomor/serbyn20071119Unian.html)

In 1933, the British government was complicit in denying the Holodomor, even though it knew that the eyewitness testimony of Gareth Jones and Malcolm Muggeridge was true. One would hope that in 2008 the British government will finally set things right.

Respectfully yours

William Zuzak
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada
2008.05.07