Polish film director Agnieszka Holland and the American-Polish journalist and publicist Anne Applebaum have been honoured with the Order of Princess Olga (3rd class)for their work on portraying the truth about The Great Famine of 1932-33.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelinsky handed the award on the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Great Famine. Both have contributed in recent years to the dissemination of knowledge about the tragedy of the 1930s.
Agnieszka Holland is the director of ‘Gareth Jones’, a film which tells the story of a young Welsh journalist who was one of the western correspondents who traveled to Soviet Ukraine and informed about the horrifying facts of mass famine.
Anne Applebaum is the author of ‘Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine’, a book in which she proves that The Great Famine was the act of genocide.
The Holodomor was a famine in Soviet Ukraine in 1932 and 1933 that killed millions of Ukrainians. It is also known as the Terror-Famine and Famine-Genocide in Ukraine and sometimes referred to as the Great Famine or the Ukrainian Genocide of 1932–33. It was part of the wider Soviet famine of 1932–33, which affected the major grain-producing areas of the country. During the Holodomor, millions of inhabitants of Ukraine, the majority of whom were ethnic Ukrainians, died of starvation in a peacetime catastrophe unprecedented in the history of Ukraine.