Ukrainian torch traveling through 33 countries to commemorate Holodomor

12:54, 05 May 2008
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 It will return to Ukraine in November

The Ukrainian Holodomor Remembrance Flame will arrive in Parma (USA) at 5 p.m. May 13 as part of the International Torch Relay commemorating the 75th anniversary of a famine that killed more than 10 million people in the Ukraine, according to Sun Mail.

"We are proud to support this solemn international commemoration," said Mayor Dean DePiero. "As many people know, Parma has a large Ukrainian population. Many of our residents will be witnessing local history as the torch relay continues from city hall to Parma`s Ukrainian Village on State Road."

Following a brief ceremony, Ukrainian youth will begin their leg of the relay from city hall to the Ukrainian Village.

The International Torch Relay is traveling through 33 countries, including 23 cities in the United States. It will return to Ukraine in November.

Ukrainians call the famine a man-made genocide orchestrated by former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. They claim Stalin used food as a weapon in starving Ukrainian peasants, crushing their hopes for independence.

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