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File #: 210946    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 11/18/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 12/2/2021
Title: Recognizing the 88th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Genocide of 1932-1933.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Domb
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 21094600, 2. Signature21094600


Recognizing the 88th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Genocide of 1932-1933.



WHEREAS, 2021 marks the 88th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933, known as the Holodomor; and


WHEREAS, The Holodomor, meaning “death inflicted by starvation”, was a planned genocide against independent-minded Ukrainians in an effort to quell resistance to Stalin’s Soviet regime; and


WHEREAS, Ukraine was a largely agricultural-based economy at the time, with an estimated 80 percent of Ukrainians residing in rural villages; and


WHEREAS, Ukrainian farmers opposed Stalin’s push toward collectivism, which forced them to surrender their land, livestock, and farming equipment to the state; and


WHEREAS, Thousands of farmers were arrested, killed, or sent to labor camps for failing to comply; and


WHEREAS, In addition to the many political repressions, the Soviet government deliberately set unrealistically high grain procurement quotas, sealed borders to ensure Ukrainians could not escape, and rejected offers of international aid; and


WHEREAS, Archival documents became available following the fall of the Soviet Union which confirmed the deliberate and premeditated nature of these acts; and


WHEREAS, While exact figures are unknown, most historians estimate that roughly 4-7 million Ukrainians died as a result the brutal acts of the Stalin regime, and the prolonged consequences were felt for generations; and


WHEREAS, On the 88th Anniversary of this tragedy, citizens are encouraged to solemnly remember and extends deepest sympathies to the victims, survivors, and families impacted by this dark chapter in history which must never be repeated; now, therefore, be it



recognizing the 88th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Genocide of 1932-1933.


FURTHER RESOLVED, That an Engrossed copy be presented to Iryna Mazur, Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Philadelphia, further evidencing the sincere respect and admiration of this legislative body.