|"Harvest of Despair" Student Program
Saturday, September 20, 2003:
The Ukrainian Genocide Famine Foundation, USA-Inc. arranged an educational program that attracted approximately 300 Ukrainian
Saturday school children from St. Volodymyr's Ukrainian School, Ridna Shkola at St. Nicholas Cathedral, and Ridna Shkola at CYM
The program, which took place in the auditorium of St. Volodymyr and Olga's Ukrainian Catholic Church, consisted of a lecture and
screening of the 1984 documentary film "Harvest of Despair".
Prior to the screening, Lida Tkachuk, Co-Secretary of the Ukrainian Genocide Famine Foundation welcomed the Ukrainian school
students to the screening and introduced guest speakers Laryssa Tschaikowsky and Mathew Marciniak. Ms. Tschaikowsky and Mr.
Marciniak presented a brief historic overview of the events that caused the Genocide Famine to occur.
For many of the children in attendance, this was their first exposure to the Genocide Famine. Andrea Sajewych, a seventh grader at
Ridna Shkola at St. Nicholas Cathedral, said that after watching the film "Harvest of Despair" she believes that American schools should
be required to teach students about the Ukrainian Genocide Famine to make sure that it never happens again.
Miss Sajewych said that the 10 million victims of the Genocide Famine "never got a proper burial and they at least deserve some (type of)
remembrance" from the Ukrainian community.
Following the screening, students were taken to the Ukrainian National Museum to view a new and permanent exhibit documenting the
Genocide Famine of 1932-1933. The exhibit includes recently declassified KGB photographs and documents providing evidence that the
Soviet leadership in Moscow deliberately orchestrated the Genocide Famine as a means to break the Ukrainian nation.
Official documents recording the number of deaths per village and cases of cannibalism are also included in the exhibit. Documents were
secured with the help of Ukrainian Consulate General Borys Bazylevsky.
Roman Krutsyk of the Kyiv based Ukrainian "Memorial" Foundation contributed many photographs and documents to the exhibit. In
addition to the archival display, the Ukrainian National Museum is displaying a rarely seen Genocide Famine painting by Canadian artist
Kurylak. The painting, which depicts a scene of famine ravaged Kyiv, is now on permanent loan to the Museum from the Ukrainian
Institute of Modern Art.
- Katya Mischenko-Mycyk ©2003
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