Who we Are
We are the unique personal voice and validation of family accounts of the Holodomor – Genocide in order to convey the factual history in support of broader efforts to fight disinformation about the genocide perpetrated against the Ukrainian nation.
Global Holodomor Descendants Network was established by the Ukrainian World Congress at the initiative of its International Coordinating Committee for Holodomor Awareness and Recognition
What we do
What we do
How We work
Olya Soroka, Chair, Global Holodomor Descendants Network
Olya’s Maternal Grandparents, Mother, Aunt and Uncle and extended family experienced the Holodomor in the Zhytomyr Oblast of Ukraine. They suffered for many years after her grandfather was arrested for refusing to comply with the Soviet collection of food orders and the rest of the family was banished from their home. They were fortunate to survive these tragedies and escape to a displaced-persons camp in Weissenberg, Germany, where Olya’s mother and father met, married and later emigrated to the United States. They settled in Chicago, Illinois, where Olya was born.
Olya grew up in a patriotic Christian family that contributed to the Ukrainian community through many organizations their entire lives. Olya’s inspiration in life is her parents who lived through unimaginable horrors and found a way to contribute their efforts on behalf of Ukraine’s independence and sovereignty. Olya is an active member in many community organizations in the United States.
CALL TO ACTION
We invite all Holodomor victims to add your voice to our Holodomor Descendants’ Network. Participation in the Network may be at a level that is comfortable and meaningful for you given your individual circumstances. Join in order to receive information on research, activities, events or join to be more active in sharing family accounts and actively supporting awareness / educational/ commemoration initiatives. The choice will be yours.
The Holodomor Descendants Network project was made possible through the generous funding of Mys Family and the support of the Ukrainian World Congress. The life stories of Mr Mykola and Mrs Mary Mys are true examples of selfless service to the Ukrainian community. Read Mr and Mrs Mys inspiring life stories as shared by Ms. Yvonne Hawryliuk.