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"The Famine Remembered: Lessons from Ukraine's Holodomor and Soviet Communism"


On November 6th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, the Acton Institute will host the combined art and lecture event, "The Famine Remembered: Lessons from Ukraine's Holodomor and Soviet Communism."
The event will place particular focus on the “Holodomor” (“death by hunger”), the brutal man-made famine imposed on Ukraine by Joseph Stalin’s Communist regime in the 1930s. The tragedy resulted from the regime’s effort to eliminate Ukraine’s independent farmers in order to collectivize the agricultural process. It amounted to an assault on human dignity, private property, and religious freedom, and is estimated to have claimed, through murder and forced starvation, the lives of almost 7 million Ukrainians. 
The presentation will feature the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art's education committee chair, Luba Markewycz, who will share her exhibit, "Holodomor Through the Eyes of a Child," composed of artwork created by contemporary children throughout Ukraine. As we’ve just reached the end of ArtPrize, this offers a great way to extend the experience. 
Joining Luba will be the Acton Institute's director of research, Dr. Samuel Gregg, who will provide commentary on the historical context and share some lessons we can take away from the Holodomor. 
This is a particularly opportune time to bring light to this tragic part of Ukrainian history and the communist era more generally. This November marks remembrances of two significant historical events: the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 81st anniversary of the Holodomor. The former signifying communism's decline and the latter commemorating one its darkest, most horrendous hours. This provides a great opportunity for reflection and analysis of the ways in which communism was experienced in different areas of the world. 
Another point of interest is the soon-to-be-completed monument in Washington, D.C., dedicated to the victims of the Holodomor.
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