Monday, November 03, 2008

Requiem for a genocide

Yesterday, in a downtown Montreal church, a choir sang tribute to the victims of the genocide, known to Ukrainians as "Holodomor," or "death inflicted by starvation."

"I'm emotionally distraught with all this, knowing my family's history," said Valentina Kuryliw, a member of the Counterpoint Chorale, a Toronto group that performed at Montreal's St. James United Church.

Her parents survived the genocide, she said.
Kuryliw, a former Montrealer and retired history teacher, read a poem by a Holodomor survivor as part of the tribute that attracted more than 250 people, most of them greying members of Montreal's Ukrainian community.

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Source: The Montreal Gazette

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