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FAMINE COMMEMORATION

 

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On Tuesday, November 26, 2013,  we, - as a school community at Josyf Cardinal Slipyj commemorated the

HOLODOMOR

The word HOLODOMOR literally means death by starvation. This tragedy is well known in the Ukrainian community and has just recently gained recognition as a Genocide by 19 countries including the Canadian Federal Government (Bill C-459) and even in the province of Ontario (Bill 147). More lives were lost in Ukraine during the man-made famine than in Europe as a result of WWI.
 
Ten million innocent people were starved to death as a result of the policies imposed by the Communist Regime under the leadership of Joseph Stalin. Wheat, grain, livestock were all removed from families. It was a form of ethnic cleansing.
 
The blue and yellow forget-me-not flower is used as a symbol of the Holodomor.
  
As in the past, each student prepared a flower in advance to wear on this day.  A piece of bread was given to each class to share and reflect on how it must have felt not to have anything to eat, not even bread. A candle was also lit  and a moment of silence was observed for those who suffered this man made famine—
 
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We also thank the Toronto Catholic District School Board for recognizing the importance of this genocide and their support in honouring the memory of the 10 million victims of 1932 -1933 famine in Ukraine board wide.  
 
May these victims rest in peace 
 
 Вічная Пам’ять
 

 

This year the Holodomor –Genocide of 1932-1933 in Ukraine was marked by a special 80 year commemorative assembly. During the assembly, our students read text, recited poetry written by a survivor, lit 18 candles in memory of the 18 of 25 regions of Ukraine affected as well as prayed a special memorial service—a PANACHYDA.  One of our opera chorus students sang the OUR FATHER so beautifully we were all awe struck. The multi-media presentation included a 25 slide power point presentation, you tube clips, excerpts from video and selected songs which respectfully supported the touching tribute to the victims of the Holodomor.

 

We would like to thank the following students for their contribution to this commemoration: Matey Znaczko, Alex Moskal, Lev Iwasykiw, Alexa Betley, Lukian Davoudian, Melanie Bewski, Danylo Grod, Adam Cechosh, Sofia Bobrysheva, Yuliya Ilkiv, Anastasiia Skrypnyk, Tetyana Maksymiw, Khrystyna Pakish, Larissa Signarowski, Monika Molka, Anastasiya Maykut, Orest Benko.

Thanks also to Mrs. McEvoy and her team of teachers for coordinating and preparing all the work involved in this assembly. Mrs. Gafijchuk, Mrs. Zurakowski, Mrs. Lazirko. Thanks to Fr. Kachur  for the memorial service and touching parting words and to Mrs. Slawson for technical support during this worthy project, to Mr. Zyla for his unyielding support of all our efforts at Josyf Cardinal Slipyj School.

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