After viewing the movie, I must state that the story brought a greater awareness of the Holodomor to my attention. The Holodomor was one of the saddest and most tragic of chronicles in the history of the Ukrainian nation. Millions of Mennonites and Ukrainians perished of starvation their lives ended in the most ignoble of circumstances.
The movie identified how the Holodomor was perpetrated by Josef Stalin, not only to eliminate the last traces of resistance to collectivization of farmland but also to promulgate and validate the aims and dogmas of Soviet Communism.
The movie Bitter Harvest had a message. The man-made famine in Ukraine and other famines that have occurred throughout the world will never be forgotten. Famine-genocides have no place in world society. They are painful and ever-fading memory in the minds of eyewitnesses and survivors. As Canadians of different cultural backgrounds, we stand determined that inhuman acts shall never be allowed to happen.
Published on Friday, March 10th in the Winnipeg Free Press.