UCCLA, For immediate Release (Calgary - 21 November 2005)
To mark Ukraine's annual day of remembrance for the many millions of victims of the genocidal Great Famine in Soviet Ukraine, known as the Holodomor, which this year falls on 26 November, the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association has published The famine-genocide of 1932-1933 in Ukraine (Kashtan Press, 2005, 336 pp, ISBN# 1-896354-38-6, $35) prepared by a Kyiv historian, Professor Yuri Shapoval. Consisting of 81 Soviet-era documents, in Russian and Ukrainian, dealing with the causes and consequences of this famine, the book also contains English-language annotations of each document, a list of acronyms, and an introduction in English and Ukrainian by Dr Shapoval. Funding for this project was made available by the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Association in Calgary, with the assistance of UCCLA, the Ukrainian American Civil Liberties Association, the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organizations, and the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain.
Commenting on the release of this collection, UCCLA's director of special projects, Borys Sydoruk, said:
"One of the most important mandates of UCCLA is to ensure that educational materials about issues in Ukrainian history are readily available to scholars, the media, and students. With this publication we are providing primary source material about the Holodomor to a very large audience by distributing complementary copies to university and public libraries across Canada and worldwide. Anyone interested in knowing more about this Soviet crime against humanity can already find the book in repositories from Washington to Jerusalem to London to Moscow. We are grateful to those of our partner organizations in the Diaspora who saw the need for this book which will further focus attention on what was arguably the greatest episode of mass murder in 20th century European history."
While most copies of the book are being distributed to libraries and research institutes, a limited number are available for sale to the general public