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THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD

THE FAMINE-GENOCIDE OF UKRAINE 1932-1933


Over the past several years, the Famine-Genocide Commemorative Committee in conjunction with Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Toronto Branch has been providing students with educational programs related to the Famine-Genocide.

In the Fall of 2000 a special art component was created and developed by curator and art teacher Halia Dmytryshyn. The goal was to provide students the opportunity to experience the Famine-Genocide through their own art work.

This project was a huge undertaking and involved the principals, teachers and children of four Toronto area elementary schools: St. Demetrius, St. Josaphat, St. Sofia and Josyf Cardinal Slipyj.

With over 200 students participating in this program, it resulted in a broad spectrum of dramatic paintings depicting life in Ukraine from the prosperous years before the Famine to the paintings representing the brutal Soviet campaign of all food confiscation, destruction of property, terror and deliberate murder.

Inspired by the students' art work, Halia Dmytryshyn composed a  poem Through the Eyes of a Child.

Presented is a selection of the students' art work.

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