Letter From the President
Dear Members and Friends of the Ukrainian Genocide Famine Foundation!
I would like to give you a brief report of the activities and achievements of the Foundation during the year
2005 was a very successful year for the Ukrainian Genocide Famine Foundation – USA. In February, the
Foundation received coverage in Chicago’s suburban Daily Herald Newspaper articles “Breaking Free
From the Past” and “It’s A Ukrainian Thing”. The Foundation also presented a book discussion and
signing of “One Woman, Five Lives, Five Countries” with Ukrainian genocide survivor and author
In March, we launched our informational website www.UkrainianGenocide.com which has attracted
visitors from all over the world. The site features a history of the Ukrainian Genocide, witness and
survivor accounts, a summary of our past events, links to Ukrainian Genocide information on the web
and a reading list. In addition, a guide for teaching the Ukrainian Genocide was recently added to the
The Foundation delivered a presentation on the Ukrainian Genocide to a number of 5th grade classes in
March. Also in March, Board Member Katya Mischenko-Mycyk testified before the Illinois House Primary
and Secondary Education Committee in support of House Bill 312 which would expand Holocaust
Studies in Illinois public schools to include the Ukrainian Genocide of 1932-1933. After sponsoring a
“Support House Bill 312” postcard campaign to the Illinois House and Senate, the Bill was signed into
law on August 5th by Governor Rod Blagojevich.
In April, the Foundation distributed and funded a postcard campaign aimed at having Ukraine’s
President Viktor Yushchenko establish an official "Commission of Inquiry on Soviet War Crimes and
Crimes Against Humanity in Ukraine" in conjunction with the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties
In August, the Foundation shared a booth with the Ukrainian National Museum at the Chicago Public
Schools Teacher Resource Fair at Navy Pier. We distributed over 200 Ukrainian Genocide curriculum
guides and informational pamphlets to the teachers at the Fair.
On September 18th, the Foundation commemorated the 72nd anniversary of the Ukrainian Genocide by
coordinating our annual Ukrainian Genocide Remembrance Day. Over 500 people and over 70
community organizations participated in the solemn procession to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic
Cathedral where a candle lighting ceremony and remembrance mass took place. The event attracted
coverage in and extensive article in the Chicago Journal along with an editorial piece.
Following the mass, over 300 people partook in the Remembrance Luncheon at the Ukrainian Cultural
Center with keynote speakers John Jaresko of Chicagoland and Ukrainian genocide survivor
Archbishop Alexander Bykowetz of Detroit. Illinois State Representatives Peter Fritchey and Paul
Froehlich, State Senator Jacqueline Collins, and Governor Rod Blagojevich were presented the
Ukrainian Genocide Education Award during the luncheon program for their commitment and work on
passing House Bill 312 and expanding Ukrainian genocide awareness in the state of Illinois.
In November, the Foundation coordinated a nationwide Ukrainian genocide remembrance in Ukrainian
churches in conjunction with the commemoration of the Ukrainian genocide in Kyiv, Ukraine. Ukrainian
churches throughout the United States were asked to ring their bells at noon in memory of the victims of
the Ukrainian genocide. They were also asked to light 33 candles in symbolism of the 33,000
Ukrainians that died each day at the height of the genocide. In addition, Foundation Board Member
Mykola Kotcherha participated in the official commemoration of the Ukrainian Genocide in Kyiv during the
kalyna (cranberry viburnum) planting ceremony by planting a number of kalyna trees on behalf of the
In December, the Foundation gave a presentation on the Ukrainian genocide and distributed Curriculum
Guide CDs to over 120 high school social studies teachers and department heads during a day long
program at the Ukrainian National Museum.
Your financial support allows us to continue to provide educational materials to teachers and students,
present educational programs, publish educational literature, further develop our website and expand
Ukrainian genocide awareness through the workshops and fairs that we participate in.
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