Former U.S. Congressman Sander Levin, left, speaks about his time in Ukraine while Borys Potapenko translates for the crowd June 9 at the Ukranian Cultural Center in Warren.

Former U.S. Congressman Sander Levin, left, speaks about his time in Ukraine while Borys Potapenko translates for the crowd June 9 at the Ukranian Cultural Center in Warren.

Photo by Sara Purlee


Ukrainian community welcomes former congressman, wife

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published June 17, 2019

WARREN — On June 9, the local Ukrainian community welcomed former U.S. Congressman Sander Levin and his wife, Dr. Pamela Cole Levin, to the Ukrainian Cultural Center.

Before retiring from office in January, as one of his last official duties, Levin visited Ukraine at the invitation of the Ukrainian government to speak at official observances of the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor genocide in Ukraine from 1932 to 1933. The commemoration was held Nov. 23-24, 2018, in Kiev.

Former Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, Speaker of Parliament Andriy Parubiy and Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman hosted the Levins during their one-week visit. According to a news release, the Levins’ trip to Ukraine was sponsored by the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America. At the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Warren, the Levins spoke about their trip.

The retired congressman was the principal sponsor of legislation that established a monument in Washington, D.C., in 2015 in memory of the victims of the genocide. He also is a supporter of Ukrainian community efforts led by the Ukrainian-American Holodomor Genocide Committee of Michigan for including the event in the curriculum of genocide studies in Michigan schools.