Baltimore Ukrainian youth plan to collect canned goods and distribute “recipes” improvised by Ukrainian farmers to avoid dying in Soviet engineered famine

BALTIMORE, Md. – Sept. 6 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The local Baltimore chapter of the Plast, Ukrainian Scouting Organization, in conjunction with Eternal Memory – Ukrainian Genocide Committee, will host an educational/informational program about the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide of 1932-33 at the Ukrainian Festival in Patterson Park in Baltimore on September 9th and 10th from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Seven to ten million Ukrainians starved to death during the Great Famine-Genocide of 1932-33, as Joseph Stalin undertook one of the most terrible, yet largely unknown, genocides in the history of mankind. This deliberate mass starvation was designed to undermine and suppress Ukrainian resistance to the oppressive Soviet regime.

At the height of the famine, Ukrainian villagers were dying at the staggering rate of 25,000 a day.

Ukraine, located south-west of Russia and north of the Black Sea in Eastern Europe, is a country of rich farmland known throughout the world as the “Breadbasket of Europe”. Stalin ordered mandatory collectivization of its farms in the late 1920s, seizing all privately held farmland and livestock. As farmers resisted, food quotas were raised until no food remained to feed the people of Ukraine.

The borders were sealed to prevent any food from entering the country. This also served the purpose of hiding the atrocity from the eyes of the world. In total, roughly one quarter of the population of Ukraine perished in 1932-33. Ironically, that same year, the USSR dumped 1.7 million tons of wheat on Western markets.

Next year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide of 1932-33, also known as the “Forgotten Holocaust” or the “Holodomor” (Famine Terror).

To commemorate this year’s anniversary of the Famine-Genocide, the Ukrainian Scouts of Baltimore will collect canned goods to donate to the Maryland Food Bank. They will also distribute “recipes” that Ukrainian farmers improvised to avoid dying of starvation. These include recipes for bread made from crushed maple leaves and pussy willows. Letters from victims and survivors will be on display and “Harvest of Despair,” the award-winning 1983 movie about the Famine-Genocide, will be screened.

The event will take place during the Ukrainian Festival in Patterson Park on Eastern Avenue in Baltimore. Admission is free.

News issued by: Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization

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