German parliament recognises the 'Holodomor' as genocide

German parliament recognises the 'Holodomor' as genocide
Memorial to the Holodomor victims. 1932-1933. Ukraine (Flickr)

The German Bundestag has officially recognised the “Holodomor,” the great famine that took place in Ukraine 90 years ago, as a genocide.

The motion, submitted by the governing parties together with the Christian Democratic CDU/CSU, was approved by a large majority on Wednesday evening.

The Ukrainian term 'Holodomor' refers to the extermination by starvation of peasants in 1932 and 1933 by the Soviet regime. According to historians’ estimates, several million people died in the process.

The Holodomor is considered one of the greatest disasters in the history of Ukraine. It is condemned in the Bundestag text as a “degrading crime.”

The motion also stressed that the Soviet Union’s attempt to control the peasants was accompanied by the suppression of the Ukrainian language and culture.

On Saturday, a memorial ceremony for the victims of the Holodomor took place in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, with Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib among the dignitaries present.


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