In the early 1930s, while the United States was busy wrestling the great depression, Ukraine suffered a famine that left roughly 10 million Ukrainians dead. Today, Ukraine seeks to promote awareness of the episode. And they also seek recognition of the famine as something deliberately carried out by Stalin's regime, rather than a mere peacetime accident. I would urge anyone interested in knowing more about this period in Soviet history to read this article by Clifford J. Levy that appeared in today's International Herald Tribune.
There is also a sobering new exhibit making the case that the Ukrainian famine was genocide. "Holodomor: Genocide by Famine," is a traveling exhibition comprised of 101 dramatic, informative laminated panels. The exhibit will be on tour until November 2009, and is already scheduled for openings at universities and churches throughout Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Lithuania, Ukraine, and the United States. Thus far, 14 nations have labeled the famine as genocide.