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Remember the Holodomor

| Wednesday, May 7, 2008

May 2 was Holocaust Remembrance Day. Throughout the world the Nazis' murder of 6 million Jews (and as many gentiles) in the death camps was commemorated.

To this day Nazi war criminals, regardless of their advancing age, are still pursued.

Such efforts are just and necessary. It should never be forgotten that Adolf Hitler sought the destruction of Jews and other minorities.

But never remembered are the "first six million of Europe," who were wiped out by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

From 1932 to 1933, before the first Jew was killed by Hitler, Stalin and his communist henchmen murdered by starvation 6 million Ukrainian men, women and children. What took Hitler 12 years to do Stalin accomplished in a mere two years to support his Marxist "agrarian reforms."

This forgotten atrocity is called "Holodomor," meaning "murder by hunger." Holocaust means "burnt completely."

Ironically, the two words share the same four initial letters. And while they have no linguistic relationship, they each refer to the methods by which their victims were murdered.

Lest it be forgotten again, Nov. 26 is Holodomor Remembrance Day.

Rich Lopiccolo Monroeville

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