We urge you to sign the petition to deprive Walter Duranty of the Pulitzer Prize

21 March 2024

Walter Duranty is a famous journalist, a special correspondent of the New York Times in Moscow, who contributed to the concealment and denial of the Holodomor. His materials from the early 1930s are a clear example of disinformation that helped the communist regime hide the facts of mass starvation from the world. Regretfully, in 1932, Duranty was awarded the Pulitzer Prize – the most prestigious journalistic award for a series of reports about life in the USSR.

In 2021, the U.S. Committee for Ukrainian Holodomor Genocide Awareness initiated a petition to revoke Walter Duranty of the Pulitzer Prize. To date, more than 10,000 people have signed it.

We call you to sign  this petition.

Historian, senior researcher of our museum Andriy Kozytskyi, in his book “The Big Lie”, writes: “The journalist tried to put forward an explanation convenient for the Bolsheviks: according to him, the relatively insignificant mortality was not caused by hunger but by diseases; and the stories about starvation were greatly exaggerated. Thus, W. Duranty resorted to denial in the form of trivializing the problem, deliberately belittling and trivializing it.”

We will remind you that although there were several attempts to deprive Walter Duranty of the Pulitzer Prize, he remains its laureate. In 2003, independent experts were involved in the investigation of this journalist’s activities, who pointed to significant manipulations by Duranty, but still, the Pulitzer Committee decided to keep Duranty’s prize.