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HOLODOMOR Commemoration Committee Of Northern California – 2nd meeting


February 26, 2017 – San Francisco,CA

HOLODOMOR Commemoration Committee Of Northern California

The following people were present at the meeting:

  • Nataliya Grekh Añón, Community Activist
  • Vitali Vizir, President, UACC; Honorable President, St.Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church
  • Maria Tscherepenko, Vice-President, UACC
  • Oksana Tscherepenko, Secretary, UACC; Vice-President, St.Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church
  • Mykyta Safronenko, Secretary, UACC; Board Member, St.Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church
  • Maria Iskiw, Treasure, UACC; Treasure, Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church
  • Lesya Castillo, Board Assistant, UACC
  • Iva Demchuk, Member, UACC
  • Denis Conrad, Member, Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church
  • Oksana Stus, Member, MaydanSF; Board Member, St.Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church (partly presented)
  • Dr. Oleh Weres (absent)
  • Dr. Lubow Jowa, President, UHCofNC (absent)
  • Lydia Mazuryk, Member, UACC; Member, Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church (absent)
  • Oleksandr Stoykovich, Member, UACC; Member, Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church (absent)
  • Oleksandr Zhuravel, UCCC Sacramento (absent)
  • Veniamin  Vorozhko, UCCC Sacramento (absent)


Action Item Responsible Report
1. Informal meeting with the SF city official responsible for monuments/art work permits/installations

  • find out about the process and requirements
  • get the list of memorials/monuments currently installed in SF
Oksana Tscherepenko March 16th
2.  Request the information/materials/template on how to write-up the proposal for the project (art form installation) from Mykhailo Savkiv, Head of US-UA HOLODOMOR Committee in the US,

  • get a copy of the one that was used for the Washington DC memorial, any background information/content material that might help us to get the permits / communicate with the city authorities
Mykyta Safronenko March 16th
3. Create a letterhead for the HOLODOMOR committee and distribute to people who are in charge of official communications Oksana Tschepenko March 16th
4. Write a letter to Representative of District 6 informing them of Ukrainian community intent to install HOLODOMOR memorial in SF Oksana Tscherepenko After #1 & 2
5. Write a letter to Representative of District 9 informing them of Ukrainian community intent to install HOLODOMOR memorial in SF Denys Conrad After #1 & 2
6. Contact the renown artistic community in Ukraine

  • start the work on organizing the contest between Ukrainian artist for the Memorial/Stature/Artistic form to be installed in SF
Iva Demchuk April 23rd
7. Contact the wife of Vasyl’ Lopata and inquire about the contacts within the renown artistic community in Ukraine

  • begin the work on organizing the contest between Ukrainian artists for the Memorial/Stature/Artistic form to be installed in SF
Maria Tscherepenko April 23rd
8.  Create the mailing list for the Committee and create/update the website page for the latest development and action items of the Committee Mykyta Safronenko  ASAP

Time for the next meeting is Sunday, April 23rd, at 2pm at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church at 345 7 Street, San Francisco.

UACC statement in response to Michael O’Sullivan’s review of Bitter Harvest | by Larissa Paschyn


In response to Michael O’Sullivan’s review of Bitter Harvest

San Francisco, CA (UACC) – Though O’Sullivan is well within his rights to dislike the movie and its directorial style, he is not allowed to irresponsibly and falsely claim that the Holodomor was not a policy of systemic genocide. Indeed, in his review, he alludes that the famine is ‘alleged’ and not proven to be have been intentionally executed by Stalin,

“Whether the Holodomor resulted from a policy of systemic genocide, as is the official position of Ukraine and many other governments, or was a terrible situation that nevertheless fails to meet the definition of deliberate mass murder, as others have characterized it, is a matter for U.N. diplomats and historians to argue about.”

O’Sullivan treads into David Irving’s Holocaust denial territory with these words. Never mind the evidence to the contrary and the fact that over 24 countries and noted Soviet, Russian and Eastern European historians have proven it to be true.

For instance, Yaroslav Bilinsky, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware, shows in the Journal of Genocide Research (1999) in a review of Holodomor literature stated: Stalin hated the Ukrainians, as accepted as a fact by Sakharov, revealed in the telegram to Zatonsky and inferred from his polemics with the Yugoslav communist Semich. Stalin decided to collectivize Soviet agriculture and under the cover of collectivization teach the Ukrainians a bloody lesson.

Professor Steven Rosefielde argues in his 2009 book Red Holocaust that “Grain supplies were sufficient enough to sustain everyone if properly distributed. People died mostly from terror-starvation (excess grain exports, seizure of edibles from the starving, state refusal to provide emergency relief, bans on outmigration, and forced deportation to food-deficit locales), not poor harvests and routine administrative bungling.”

Genocide scholar Adam Jones stresses that many of the actions of the Soviet leadership during 1931–32 should be considered genocidal. Not only did the famine kill millions, it took place against “a backdrop of persecution, mass execution, and incarceration clearly aimed at undermining Ukrainians as a national group”.

In 2006, the Security Service of Ukraine declassified more than 5,000 pages of Holodomor archives. These documents suggest that the Soviet regime singled out Ukraine by not giving it the same humanitarian aid given to regions outside it.

However, denying the existence of the famine was the Soviet state’s position and reflected in both Soviet propaganda and the work of some Western journalists and intellectuals including George Bernard Shaw, Walter Duranty, who won a Pulitzer Prize on his false report on the Holodomor, and Louis Fischer. In the Soviet Union, authorities all but banned discussion of the famine, and Ukrainian historian Stanislav Kulchytsky stated the Soviet government ordered him to falsify his findings and depict the famine as an unavoidable natural disaster, to absolve the Communist Party and uphold the legacy of Stalin. The denial of the man-made famine was a highly successful and well-orchestrated disinformation campaign by the Soviet government. According to Robert Conquest, it was the first major instance of Soviet authorities adopting the Big Lie propaganda technique to sway world opinion, to be followed by similar campaigns over the Moscow Trials and denial of the Gulag labor camp system.

The misinformation, deliberate and otherwise, about what happened in Ukraine is shameful, and this review only reinforces that shame. The Ukrainians who starved to death were not “said” to be killed. They were deliberately starved to death on Stalin’s orders. The survivors of the Holodomor have provided eye-witness accounts of what occurred during the Famine, of soldiers digging up every root vegetable out of the ground and hauling away the harvest, leaving people to die in their villages or on the streets of Kiev, where they went to try to find food.

Whatever O’Sullivan’s opinion of the film and its acting and cinematography, the review is absolutely unacceptable and a dangerous misrepresentation of facts for a paper that believes in truth. Indeed, the indisputable truth is that the Holodomor was a man-made famine that killed an estimated 7-10 million Ukrainians. During the Holodomor millions of inhabitants of Ukraine, the majority of whom were ethnic Ukrainians. Since 2006, the Holodomor has been recognized by Ukraine and 24 other countries as a genocide of the Ukrainian people carried out by the Soviet government.

Whether O’Sullivan is simply a Holodomor denier or a pro-Putin propagandist, O’Sullivan’s film review, which should have simply been a review on the quality of the film, has become a falsifier of history. In a world where genuine information has to compete with “fake news”, a respected newspaper like the Washington Post needs to hold itself to higher standards. This irresponsible review will only fuel the flames for more Holodomor deniers, and will spread misinformation one of the least known tragedies of the 20th century. If it is no longer acceptable to encourage and support Holocaust deniers and their ‘historians’, nor should it be acceptable to further spread the lies of Holodomor deniers.


Larissa Paschyn
on behalf of the Ukrainian American Coordinating Council
For further information, please contact info@uacccalifornia.org


HOLODOMOR Commemoration Committee Of Northern California – 1st meeting

January 29th, 2017 – San Francisco, CA

HOLODOMOR Commemoration Committee Of Northern California

The following people were present at the meeting:

  • Maria Tscherepenko, Vice-President, UACC
  • Dr. Lubow Jowa, President, UHC
  • Nataliya Grekh Añón, activist
  • Vitali Vizir, Head, St.Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church; President, UACC
  • Maria Iskiw, Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church; Treasure, UACC
  • Mykyta Safronenko, Secretary, UACC
  • Lesya Castillo, Board Assistant, UACC
  • Oleksanrd Zhuravel, UCCC
  • Veniamin  Vorozhko, UCCC
  • Oksana Stus, MaydanSF
  • Dr. Oleh Weres (absent)
  • Oksana Tscherepenko, Secretary, UACC (absent)

The meeting began by attendees discussing different ways of commemorating HOLODOMOR and raising the awareness of this horrific atrocity against the humanity and genocide against Ukrainians.  Maria Tscherepenko presented several folders/materials/print-outs on the topic, which she had collected of the years of organizing various events commemorating HOLODOMOR.

Some of the possible effective ways mentioned at the meeting were:

ads and articles in the newspapers and magazines, banners on in visible places, for instance on highways and bridges (Maria Tscherepenko presented examples and ideas); introducing HOLODOMOR agenda into local schools  and holding commemoration activities in local libraries, presentation of movies and materials in theaters, community centers, etc.  Dr. Jowa has the “know-how”  of organizing such events, such as approaching the school board, doing school book reports, etc. She can provide guidance on how to do that to the activists.  Dr.Jowa  made reference to “Model Curriculum for California schools” published by California Department of Education in 1983, which advises on including the HOLODOMOR topic into the school curriculum.

The group viewed the trailer of a new feature movie  “Bitter Harvest” – a small production movie produced by Canadian cinematograph, which will be released  on February 24th in some chosen markets.  The group discussed various ways of spreading the word about this movie.   Oksana Stus showed the group the work of one of Ukrainian artist – Oleh Shuplyak, as a potential option for the art work installation for San Francisco.

Most  of the time the discussion centered around exploring various ways of installing a HOLODOMOR commemoration memorial in San Francisco, targeting project completion by October 2018.

The key points decided at the meeting were:

  1. All the attendees of the current meeting will now form HOLODOMOR COMMEMORATION COMMITTEE OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA (“The Committee”), the sole purpose of which is to build and establish such a memorial.The following organizations are now part of this Committee:Ukrainian American Coordinating Council (United States)
    St.Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church (San Francisco, CA)
    Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church (San Francisco, CA)
    Ukrainian Heritage Club of Northern California (Sacramento, CA)
    Ukrainian Cultural Community Center (Sacramento, CA)
    Ukrainian School in San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
    MaydanSF (San Francisco, CA)For purposes of donations and official communications, the Committee will use the Ukrainian American Coordinating Council letterhead and charitable organization status, not to deal with the effort and logistics of creating a new charitable organization.  All organizations participating in this effort will be recognized and acknowledged as contributing to this important cause.  All members on the Committee are encouraged to add new activists, civic and religious organizations with Ukrainian connections to have as wide of representation and coverage as possible.
  1. Svitla Systems pledges up to $250,000K in matching contribution for the fundraising for the purposes of installing HOLODOMOR memorial in San Francisco. The attendees have a task of soliciting other organizations/individuals to make contributions.  Ukrainian businessmen and women to join the fundraising effort and pledge their support to this important cause.

The next meeting will be held on Sunday, February 26th, 2017 at 2pm at St. Michael’s Orthodox Church in San Francisco address 345 7th Str., San Francisco.

The following are the actions items for the next meeting:

  1. Otets’ Georgiy/Oksana Stus – find out  and relate to the Committee the information about Holodomor Memorial in Los Angeles – how, cost, process, etc.
  2. Mykyta Safrorenko – research with his real estate contact and developer and share with the group the information about possible sites for the Memorial (parks, squares, etc.) in San Francisco where it might be a possibility; create a mailing list of all presents at the meeting as well as a web page describing the project, its current status and action plan on the UACC webpage.
  3. Oksana Tscherepenko – research and relate to the Committee the information on whom and how to ask for a permission for such a project in the city of San Francisco; find out is the City Council representative for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in SF.
  4. Maria Tscherepenko – conduct the research on similar Memorials in city of San Francisco and possibility of establishing HOLODOMOR Memorial on the territory of the Legion of Honor.
  5. Otets’ Georgiy – invite a representative of Ukrainian Consulate to the February 26th meeting of the Committee.
  6. Oleksandr Zhuravel – solicit support and bring other organizations, for example Baptists churches, to the Committee and the next meeting.
  7. The rest of the members of the Committee are encouraged to solicit support and bring representative of other groups/organizations to the next meeting.