1932 - 1933


In 1932-33, millions of Ukrainians were purposely starved to death by the Soviet regime let by Joseph Stalin. To break the back of “nationalist” resistance to Soviet power, an ancient nation was condemned to death by artificial famine. All grain and foodstuffs were forcibly seized and the borders of the Ukrainian SSR closed. In little more than a year, one-quarter of the population of Soviet Ukraine perished. This crime of genocide is known in Ukrainian as the Holodomor (from holod – famine, and moryty – to kill). Every year in November, people worldwide honor the victims of this crime against humanity. The 33 flags displayed here symbolize the year 1933, when the famine reached its zenith.