03Nov Rep. Howrylak welcomes Ukrainian community for Holodomor commemoration Categories: Howrylak News Today state Rep. Martin Howrylak and the Ukrainian American community of southeastern Michigan commemorated the Ukrainian famine of 1932-33, known as Holodomor.The special one-hour event took place in the Michigan State Capitol rotunda today. Members of the Legislature and citizens from the Ukrainian community gathered to reflect on the millions of lives lost during the Holodomor.“The people of Michigan value democratic freedoms, human rights and the rule of law,” said Rep. Howrylak, of Troy. “There is no place in this world for the savagery of Soviet communism that was imposed upon its people, including those who were unwillingly made a part of the Soviet Union during the Holodomor.”The term Holodomor is a Ukrainian word that means “extermination by means of starvation,” and refers to the Ukrainian famine and genocide of 1932-1933, when millions of Ukrainians perished under the Soviet government of communist dictator Joseph Stalin. Many survivors of the Holodomor and their descendants reside in Michigan and have contributed to the state’s cultural, economic, political and educational life.“It is important to observe the Holodomor and reflect on its horrific legacy,” said Rep. Howrylak. “I would like to extend my sincere appreciation for the Ukrainian community for organizing this special memorial, which will draw attention to this historic tragedy.”PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Martin Howrylak, center, today welcomed citizens of the Ukrainian American community and Sens. Steve Bieda, third from right, and Mike Kowall, second from right, to the Capitol for a special event commemorating Holodomor.