1932-33 HOLODOMOR COMMEMORATED IN MANCHESTER

28.11.10



Anastasia Ostapiuk, Holodomor survivor, recalling her experiences

Manchester's Ukrainian community yesterday paid its respects to the victims of the 1932-33 Holodomor by holding a Panakhyda Service of Remembrance and commemoration at the Church of the Assumption of Mary.

Children from the local Ukrainian Language School laid individual sheafs of wheat tied with black ribbons by an image of the Holodomor and then read passages of survivor testimonies.  The church bells tolled slowly as a moment's silence was observed.

Anastasia Ostapiuk, a survivor of the Holodomor, movingly recounted her childhood memories from 1932-33.  She spoke about how her family had to sell all of its posessions in a bid to eat - in a bid to survive.  During this period, her mother died of starvation.  Mrs Ostapiuk said that the horrific events of 1932-33 in Ukraine needed to be remembered to prevent a similar attrocity from ever happening again.

The commemoration ended with the hymn "Prayer for Ukraine".

A full report will appear in the next issue of Dumka.

 



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