The Holodomor is the little-known genocide in which millions of Ukrainians were starved to death on the orders of Josef Stalin. The unnecessary and artificial “famine” was brought about by Stalin’s draconian harvest regulations. The measures were intended to pressure and punish Ukrainians refusing to relinquish their family farms to the Soviet farm collectivization plan. The country was considered the “breadbasket of Europe” and key to Stalin’s plans to feed the citizens of the Soviet Union.
The Holodomor exhibit will be on display at the Museum through the end of November. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Ukrainian Women’s League of America, with input from the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium, part of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) of the University of Alberta.. The exhibit features panels created by the League of Ukrainian Canadians, as well as materials from US Congressional Commission on the Ukraine Famine.