Local residents hope to shed light on little known genocide

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Updated: 11/02/2013 2:10 pm

ALBANY, N.Y.  – A commemoration of the Ukraine Holodomor was held at the Empire State Plaza on Saturday to bring awareness to the little known genocide.

In 1933, millions of people died in a forced famine in Ukraine.  The genocide by famine, also known as a Holodomor, was unknown to other countries until the collapse of the Soviet Union. 

.On Saturday, members of the Capital Region came together with local lawmakers to bring awareness to the event. Those trying to make the Holodomor known in the area have cited that Pope Francis has called the event one of "the three biggest genocides of the last century, the Armenians, Jews and Ukrainians."

Dr. Andrij Baran, a cardiologist from Saratoga who also teaches history at the Capital District School of Ukrainian Studies, stated the goal is to commemorate and educate.

The solemn commemoration was help at the Empire State Plaza at noon on Saturday and a requiem service was then held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Earlier this week, a documentary of the Holodomor was held at the William K. Sanford Town Library. They are also working on making the historical event part of New York State curriculum. 

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