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In Bundestag, a petition about the Holodomor was discussed

Ukr.lb: On 21 October, the Petitions Committee of the German Bundestag considered a petition to recognize the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as an act of genocide. This was reported by Ukrinform.

For Ukraine, recognition of the Holodomor is to honor the victims of Stalinism

According to the results of the discussion, the deputies came to the conclusion that the government is not ready to recognize this fact at the legal level, but at the political level, it admitted the fact of the crime. The MPs will continue to work on this issue.

One of the organizers of the signature collection, a Ukrainian activist from Munich, Nataliya Tkachuk, and a professor of history, Gerhard Simon, said that many parliamentarians had already declared their readiness to recognize Holodomor. Gerhard Simon also assured that Ukraine’s intention to recognize the Holodomor by the German government is not a willingness to receive compensation, but only an attempt to honor the memory of the victims of Stalinism.

These arguments appeared not to be convincing for the German Foreign Secretary Michael Roth.”Of course, after that (confession) there will be claims for compensation … Confession is not an abstract memory of the victims, it implies responsibility,” said the diplomat.

Roth stressed that political recognition and legal recognition are different things and reminded that politically the government condemned Holodomor, but legally it cannot be recognized as genocide.

At the same time, the diplomat expressed his gratitude for the initiative that will allow the Germans, who did not know anything about it, to learn about “another fact of horrible crimes” against humanity. He also assured that Berlin supports Ukraine in making the truth available to more people.

However, the Foreign Ministry considers the German recognition of responsibility for the crimes of the National Socialists to be more relevant, not only to the Russian people but also to the Ukrainian people and Belarusians.

Position of the Ukrainian Embassy

The Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, said that all necessary steps will be taken to ensure that members of the petition committee and members of the Bundestag are fully informed about the Holodomor and the importance of its recognition by Germany. At the beginning of 2020, the members of the committee will travel to Ukraine so that they can feel how important this issue is for the Ukrainian people.

“We are sure that this visit will also give an impetus to deputies to make the right decision,” the ambassador said.

According to Melnyk, this is a historical day, because for the first time in the history of Germany’s parliament, Holodomor issues have been thoroughly and objectively discussed. It is difficult to say what the result will be, the decision-making process will last many months.

A reminder: in May this year, more than 50,000 people signed an online petition posted on the website of the German parliament to recognize the Holodomor in Ukraine as a genocide of the Ukrainian people in 1932-1933.

Photo: @BundestagFragen