Major Progress at the Holodomor Memorial on Mass Ave by Union Station

North Capitol and Mass Ave, NW

About Holodomor from Wikipedia:

“The Holodomor, “Extermination by hunger” or “Hunger-extermination”; derived from “to kill by starvation” was a famine in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1932 and 1933 that killed about 4 million Ukrainians. During the famine, which is also known as the “Terror-Famine in Ukraine” and “Famine-Genocide in Ukraine”, millions of citizens of the Ukrainian SSR, the majority of whom were Ukrainians, died of starvation in a peacetime catastrophe unprecedented in the history of Ukraine. Since 2006, the Holodomor has been recognized by the independent Ukraine and several other countries as a genocide of the Ukrainian people.”



Many more closeups after the jump.





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  • Wow, it’s no wonder that Ukranians are perhaps the least cheerful people on earth.

  • Slightly ironic that this is the block that all the food trucks line up on at lunch time.

  • justinbc

    There’s an entire museum for this in Kiev. Apparently the guy who ponied up the $2.5M to build this here in D.C. is facing extradition for bribery, but the Austrian government refuses to send him back to the US.

  • I showed this to my Ukrainian co-worker who said, “Another one?” She told me that there are such memorials in many places and they are not all that beloved.

  • This is an important memorial and it looks tastefully done. While we all know about the Holocaust and even the Armenian genocide, there is little attention given to the Ukrainian holodomor where millions died of starvation.

  • Why this exists is beyond many. There’s already a similar memorial not far away, and as the NY Times profiled years ago, the city is running out of space for new memorials and needs to be more judicious about the ones it creates:

  • strikes me as very odd that the national park service would create and be responsible for a memorial of an atrocity committed by one country on another like this. There are countless other examples of terrible things that countries have done to each other, it really doesn’t seem appropriate for the federal government to be memorializing them in our capital city if they didn’t directly affect Americans. I’m all for monuments like the Japanese Internment memorial but I agree with another poster that it’s crazy to consume space in the nation’s capital for this sort of thing.

    If a private citizen wants to memorialize something, I’m all for it. But not the NPS. This is very strange.

    • +1

      America has enough atrocities in its own history, we don’t need to go around memorializing other countries’ sins.

    • Agree 100% with this. The 20th century was full of atrocities committed by one group against another and I can’t fathom why this one in particular, which has no specific significance to our nation as far as I can tell, is being memorialized on national park land. As Circle Thomas suggests, I can only assume that this is a pet project of someone who spent a crapload of money to make it happen.

    • It was already NPS property so there is that. Then I also think the sculpture was donated – so the cost to NPS was minimal. Also, since we are a country of immigrants – this is part of our collective experience especially for the Ukrainian diaspora in the US.
      There is a moving memorial to the Japanese interment on Bainbridge Island, WA – but sadly absent from DC. Sadly Sen. Inouye passed away before that wrong is righted.

      • Um, there is a memorial to the Japanese Internment in an extremely prominent location in view of the capital. And, the US was the responsible party there, so I totally support that. I just think it’s crazy to put a monument to an incident that the US had no involvement with on NPS land in DC. I wouldn’t expect to encounter a memorial to, say, the victims of the shameful syphilis studies our federal government carried out on a poor african american population in downtown Tokyo. Or a statue of General Robert E. Lee.

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