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Exhibit focuses on 1930s Ukrainian genocide

An upcoming exhibit at the Oshawa Museum will highlight one of Europe’s largest genocides of the 20th century.

On Wednesday, June 26, the museum will welcome the Holodomor National Awareness Tour to Lakeview Park.

the word “Holodomor” refers to the genocide of Ukrainian citizens by forced starvation between 1932 and 1933.

Due to a lack of records, it has been difficult to determine just how many Ukrainians died during the genocide, with historical estimates ranging between two to 12 million deaths.

At the time, Ukrainian villages were forced to provide mass quantities of grain to the Soviet Union. Once the grain quotas dried up, the villages were fined in the form of confiscation of meat and potatoes, leaving the Ukrainians to starve.

The Holodomor has been referred to as a “man-made famine” and is considered by some historians as a response by Joseph Stalin to a growing democratic movement among Ukrainians.

The Holodomor National Awareness Tour is a project of the Canada-Ukraine Foundation, supported by the federal and provincial governments, that is designed to create awareness of the famine through a mobile tolerance educational centre.

The mobile classroom is a 40-foot RV that has been redesigned into a state-of-the-art technological interactive learning environment that brings awareness and educates students on the historical events of the Holodomor Genocide of 1932-1933.

According to museum officials, the exhibit empowers students to make a change and take action against hate and intolerance. It also helps visitors understand how a lack of intercultural understanding can lead to injustices.

“The objective of the project is to build bridges among communities to promote intercultural understanding, awareness and a deeper respect for the democratic values that we Canadians hold so dear, including the importance of human rights, the rule of law and human dignity,” a media release states.

The Holodomor Mobile Classroom will be in Oshawa’s Lakeview Park from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 26.