Personally I learned about famine from my grandmother. My mother till now has a bag of zwiebacks in the attic. Only in my village more then 600 people died of hunger in 1933. My wife lost her aunts. I think it has touched each of us. Remembering this fact can and must consolidate our nation.
– Viktor Andriiovych Yushchenko, President of Ukraine (2005-2010). His father, Andriy Andriyovych Yushchenko (1919-1992), fought in the “Great Patriotic War” — the name Russia gave for the Second World War (1941-1945). Andriy Yushchenko survived imprisonment in concentration camps in Poland and Germany, including Auschwitz-Birkenau. Viktor Yushchenko’s mother died in 2005, weeks after her son won the national Presidential election and personally achieved international recognition of the Holodomor. Before entering politics Yushchenko was Ukraine’s chief central banker.