The Australian Diaspora on the Holodomor

News 31 October 2019

Today, Mykola Movchan, President of the Ukrainian Community of Western Australia, visited the Holodomor Museum to gift Lesa Melnychuk’s book Holodomor: Silenced Voices of the Starved Children to the museum.

In the book, the author tells the stories of 40 people who survived the Holodomor and then emigrated to Western Australia. There is now a large community of Ukrainians there.

In the foreword, Lesia Melnychuk states: “In fact, what I was researching was the story of our small Ukrainian community in Perth, Western Australia. Why didn’t we know about it? Why didn’t we talk about it? Why didn’t the world talk about it? Why was this episode of history not studied by students alongside the Holocaust? What I learned was a devastating famine brought by Stalin to the Ukrainian people, to whom, in my opinion, the word genocide could be justly used.”

The book was published in October 2018, and in 2019, the work received a gold medal in the category “European Region, Best in Documentary, Scientific Literature” from the Independent Publisher Book Award 2018 (IPPY Awards).

Independent Publisher Book Award is a prize that supports independent authors.

The book is available in print and electronic form. You can buy it on the official website of the publication.