FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – On Thursday, Mayor Tom Henry proclaimed May 25 as Holodomor’s 90th Anniversary Recognition Day in the City of Fort Wayne.
This year marks the 90th anniversary of Holodomor, the death by hunger of several million Ukrainians in the 1932-1933 timeframe. This horrific act ravaged Soviet Ukraine and the areas primarily settled by Ukrainians during the forced collectivization in the USSR.
This genocide was largely ignored by the rest of the world even though nearly one-quarter of rural Ukrainians perished. There were so many deaths that horse-drawn carts would go door to door collecting corpses and dumping them into a pit outside the villages.
All of this was done to punish Ukrainian farmers for not being willing to participate in the collectivization as the Soviet Union was increasing its grain exports.
“It’s important that our community understand the impact of Holodomor and demonstrate our respect to the Friends of Ukraine group in Indiana and to the many Fort Wayne descendants of Ukraine,” read a release from Mayor Henry’s office.