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  • Emmaleigh504

    The is quite pretty.

    • Emmaleigh504

      The wheat is quite pretty.

    • I really like the design abstracted from its current location. As is, I think it’s horrible. Instead of a little pocket park oasis, office drones get this Debbie Downer slab instead.

      • This is one block from the capitol grounds, which is a massive green space. Not exactly midtown Manhattan.

      • +1. All the hardscaping and the big wall splitting the site and obstructing the street level view on that corner is really unfortunate. Had high hopes, but it’s not inviting and will probably look worse as it ages.

  • This has received far more coverage on PoPville than any other media outlet. What’s the agenda?!?
    But seriously, this still strikes me as an odd choice for a memorial. Not unworthy of a memorial, but an odd one for Washington DC.

    • Go ahead and thank our congressional overlords for this and similar memorials.

    • Dan is clearly in cahoots with the Russian opposition to keep pressing this issue. 😉

    • Couldn’t the motive just be remembering victims of a genocide?

    • Why? We have an entire museum to the Holocaust in DC. It isn’t like that event happened in the United States. Or that there are not many Ukrainian immigrants here in DC and across the United States who escaped Stalin.

      There a lot of seemingly unrelated to DC/United States memorials around (e.g,, Daguerre Memorial, Dante, Equestrian of Simon Bolivar).

      I’d also just note this is very close to the Victims of Communism Memorial. Yes, that exists too.

      • The Holocaust museum covers lots more genocides and attempted genocides than just the one it’s named for.

        • You’re right, this should’ve been a museum instead.

        • Arguably, it certainly has components and events and special exhibits that cover other genocides. But it is a little disingenuous to pretend the purpose of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum isn’t to memorialize the big “H” Holocaust.

          A large percentage of those in the United States of Ukrainian descent are here because their families fled Stalinist rule. It’s not totally disconnected from our heritage.

  • I see we have some Putin and Walter Duranty fans here. And some people who would like to ignore the brutalities of communism.

  • i walk or ride by this almost every day and think about my ukrainian grandma who has passed away. she married an irish cop (my grandfather who died long before i came around) so the proximity to irish times and the dubliner makes it feel weirdly and especially appropriate to me. the famine is definitely worth remembering–my great grandmother apparently wept with happiness/relief all day when stalin died.

  • Speaking as an historian, to say that there is a political context in which this was build–and one worth understanding–is not to deny that there was a tragic event. There are many tragedies that don’t get commemorated and in DC there are a slew of Cold War memorials. I teach a class in which my college students look at some of those memorials to the Cold War and it is enlightening to understand those. This one I have a harder time figuring out simply because of the timing, coming a couple decades after the end of the Cold War. Without diminishing the tragedy of this event (quite the opposite–remembering it) I would like to know the history of when, how, and why the momentum for this memorial started and what were the discussions and arguments along the way.

    • The Shevchenko monument is clearly a cold-war piece of anti-communist artwork. This seems both more humanist (millions dead by engineered famine? horrifying.) and a relevant reminder for current times (what will become of the Russian invasions of Crimea and Georgia, the Chechen wars?). It would be worthwhile to understand what inspired Congress to create this memorial, especially given the very limited budgets the Park Service has for even maintaining our national treasures.

    • The monument was sponsored and petitioned by the government of Ukraine, via the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, Inc.. It was approved by Congress in 2006.

      From the planning documents:

      Because the manmade famine in the Ukraine is largely unknown in the United States, the Memorial is needed to inform the public of these events in which millions of people lost their lives. By bringing increased awareness to the use of food as an intimidation tactic, the Memorial would help to avoid future occurrences. The Memorial is intended to honor the memory of the millions who lost their lives and serve as a tangible reminder of the need to prevent such tragedies in the future.

  • My grandparents survived that famine and eventually moved overseas after WW2. I have never met people who were more appreciative of food. This is a classy memorial for those who weren’t as lucky as my grandparents.

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