UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Frs. Estocin and Zawierucha Participate in a Special UN Program Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Holodomor!
On Tuesday, November 25th, 2008, Protopriest Bazyl Zawierucha and Protopresbyter Frank Estocin, at the request of His Eminence Archbishop Antony, Consistory President, represented the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA at a special program held in the United Nations, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Holodomor – 1932-3 Genocidal Famine in Ukraine.
Sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations, the program was held in the Dig Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium, and featured a review of the of the political machinations of the Communist Regime, which resulted in the death by forced starvation of 10 million or more souls – men, women and children. Opening and concluding remarks were given by Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, the Honorable Jurij Serheyev. The position of Master of Ceremonies was held by Attorney Askold Lozynsky, who presented recently discovered information pertaining to this, Ukraine’s darkest historical period.
Survivor accounts were presented by residents of the New York and Philadelphia areas. “Harvest of Despair” – a moving and informative documentary about the Holodomor produced by Protodeacon Sviatoslav Novytsky of St. Andrew Cathedral, Silver Spring, MD, was also screened. Of special interest to those who gathered for this event were excerpt from the Opera Red Earth – Hunger, the opus of Composer V. Baley.
This commemoration is one of thousands, which took place throughout Ukraine and around the world at this 75th Anniversary of the Holodomor. The official blessing of the land upon which the USA monument to the victims of the Holodomor will take place on Tuesday, 2 December in Washington, D.C., with Metropolitan Constantine of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and Metropolitan Stefan Soroka of the Ukrainian Catholic Church presiding. Special guest speakers at the ceremony will be the First Lady of Ukraine, Kateryna Yushchenko and Representative Sander Levin, chair of the US House of Representatives Ukrainian Caucus.
The program at the United Nations was particularly important because of the participation of many diplomats from the nations of the world – at least ten Heads of Missions were present to express their sympathy with the Ukrainian people.