Ukrainian Holodomar Famine Genocide Memorial

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September 13th 2015
Published: September 13th 2015
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"Bitter Memory of Childhood""Bitter Memory of Childhood""Bitter Memory of Childhood"

The poignant life-size bronze statue of a hollow eyed, obviously starving little girl holding a few stalks of wheat called "Bitter Memory of Childhood" by sculptor Petro Drozdowsky, was made from the same cast as the original one that stands near the entrance of the National Holodomor Museum in Kyiv, Ukraine. The wheat symbolism is significant because those who survived often did so by eating grain they managed to hide from soldiers.
Holodomor, which in Ukrainian means “extermination by hunger”, is the term used to describe the deliberate starvation of millions of Ukrainians in the Ukrainian SSR and adjacent Cossack territories between 1932 and 1933 by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin who wanted to destroy the people living there seeking independence from his rule. Millions of Ukrainians & Cossacks died of starvation during that short period, up to a third of them children. Because this unprecedented peacetime catastrophe was a deliberate political policy, it is classed as genocide. More info here:

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Saskatchewan was the first jurisdictionSaskatchewan was the first jurisdiction
Saskatchewan was the first jurisdiction

in North America to formally recognize Holodomor. The province, which has a vibrant Ukranian community (13.5% of the population) wanted to honor the memory of those who perished & celebrate the legacy of those who survived including the many who found refuge in Saskatchewan. (Being an agrarian people, most survivors found refuge in Canada’s prairie provinces, ie Alberta, Manitoba & Saskatchewan.)
As a permanent reminder of the tragedyAs a permanent reminder of the tragedy
As a permanent reminder of the tragedy

The memorial is located SE of Regina's Legislative Building on the shore of Wascana Lake. The statue was purchased by the local chapter of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress & dedicated to the memory of the many children who died in Holodomor. The statue stands on an actual millstone, just as the original does.
Unveiled May 12, 2015Unveiled May 12, 2015
Unveiled May 12, 2015

Many dignitaries & more than 100 members of Regina's Ukrainian community were in attendance for the unveiling on May 12, 2015.
On the shore of picturesque Wascana LakeOn the shore of picturesque Wascana Lake
On the shore of picturesque Wascana Lake

with the Center of the Arts in the background.

14th September 2015
On the shore of picturesque Wascana Lake

Awesome. This picture tribute touched me.

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