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On 21 October, the Bundestag Petitions Committee considered a petition to recognize the 1932-33 Holodomor as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people. Why not?


This spring, an active signature campaign was initiated to support the review of the petition to recognize the 1932-33 Holodomor as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people. Ukrainian activists in Germany and abroad distributed questionnaires online to collect signatures in support of the petition. It required 50,000 signatures, but more than 73,000 people supported the petition. For example, in Bavaria, this activity was conducted by Ukrainian activist Natalia Tkachuk and German professor of history Gerhard Simon.

In order to have a positive decision, of course, not only the Committee’s votes in favor of the petition but also the weighty historical arguments were needed. They should be provided by the bilateral German-Ukrainian Historical Commission. Such a commission existed for several years. The result of its work is zero. And as Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andrij Melnik said, ” We are not only not satisfied, but disappointed with the so-called work of this commission over the past four years”.

Written requests of the Ukrainian ambassador to the co-chairmen of the commission, Mr. Yaroslav Hrytsak, to express the opinion of the Ukrainian authorities on the eve of the Committee’s consideration of the commission’s work remained unanswered.

Andrij Melnyk recently visited Munich. Here he had a special meeting with the co-chairman of the commission from the German side, Professor Martin Schulze Wessel. The Ukrainian ambassador to Germany expressed his disappointment with the work of the commission in direct text. He said that it’s difficult to call this institution a German-Ukrainian Historical Commission, considering the results of the commission’s work.

According to Bundestag, if the Holodomor is legally recognized, Ukraine will demand moral and material compensation. They are wrong because the Ukrainian state does not set such a goal. It is a question of historical justice and the honour of the memory of “the memory of millions of victims.

Photo: @MelnykAndrij