Holodomor Resources

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The Holodomor -Famine-Genocide in Ukraine 1932-1933.

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    Compiled by:

    Valentina Kuryliw

    Websites, books and other sources:

    There are a number of web sites and other materials available online in the English language, which are reliable and current. I have selected sites that contain, what I consider to be, accurate and up to date historical information. Many contain links to other valuable sites that may prove to be useful as educational resources.




    The Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine | Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies

    A general source of information, with an extensive bibliography on the Holodomor.
    Search by a keyword: “famine”


    Alexander J. Motyl. The Famine

    The history of the Famine is excerpted from pages 13-14 of his book “Dilemmas of Independence – Ukraine after Totalitarianism”. Published by Council on Foreign Relations, 1993.


    US Commission on the Ukraine Famine, Investigation of the Ukrainian Famine 1932-1933: Report to Congress, United States (Submitted to Congress April 22, 1988)

    The US Commission on the Ukraine Famine was a commission set up on December 13, 1985, “to conduct a study of the 1932-1933 Ukrainian Famine in order to expand the world’s knowledge of the famine and provide the American public with a better understanding of the Soviet system by revealing the Soviet role”. Its findings were delivered to the US Congress on April 22, 1988. Soviets known what results will be prejudged and established a kind of counter-Commission at Ukrainian SSR.

    Bibliography: US Commission on the Ukraine Famine, Investigation of the Ukrainian Famine 1932-1933: Report to Congress, United States Government Printing Office, 1988, ISBN 0160032903


    “The Great Hunger,” Part 1 & 2. CBC “Ideas”

    Ideas Air Date: April 8 & 9, 2010; October 29 & 30, 2009; June 23 & 24, 2009

    True famine is rarer than you might think. Most people in famine-prone lands have learned to adapt to nature’s fickle ways. Food shortages and starvation are more frequently the product of human action: who lives and dies are the results of a brutal calculus of power. Philip Coulter visits Ireland and Ukraine to tell the story of two “famines” that continue to shape these nations today.

    Listen to Parts 1 and 2.


    Website on Gareth Jones

    This site presents the findings of Gareth Jones, a British/Welsh journalist, who wrote the truth about the Famine-Genocide in the 1930s and was belittled for his efforts. He was killed under mysterious circumstances.


    Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    Website “www.faminegenocide.com” | Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Toronto Branch.

    This site has been compiled to include a variety of short articles, easily read materials, and lesson plans  on the Famine-Genocide/The Holodomor of Ukraine,  which may be easily used to the classroom.  It has an excellent bibliography.


    Website for Ministry of Education of Manitoba on Holodomor Education,


    Website “GenocideCurriculum.org”

    Genocidecurriculum.org is a US-based resource of approved curriculum materials for educators in the private and public sector.  It is also a source for a wide array of primary and secondary research materials for advanced study.


    Website “Holodomor: Genocide by Famine”
    Provides materials for teachers and a link to the exhibit “Holodomor Genocide by Famine”. CD of the exhibit is available for purchase.


    Website “HOLODOMOR 1932-33”

    The Holodomor.org.uk site is associated with the campaign for  UK government to recognise the Holdomor, or genocidal famine, of 1932-33 in Ukraine as genocide.


    Website “Holodomor Survivor Documentation Project”| Ukrainian Canadian Congress

    Contains interviews with survivors of the Holodomor currently living in Canada. Also provides information and scholarly articles and educational resources. Excellent for first hand information.


    “The Great Famine in Ukraine:
The Holodomor and Its Consequences,
1933 to the Present”.

    Materials of International Conference sponsored by 
Ukrainian Research Institute 
Harvard University, 
17–18 November 2008,
Harvard University


    The Ukrainian Weekly’s collection of materials “THE GREAT FAMINE OF 1932-1933 IN UKRAINE”

    The Ukrainian Weekly, a newspaper published in the United States by the Ukrainian National Association, has on its website a large collection of materials dedicated to the Great Famine (Holodomor) of 1932-1933 in Ukraine.

    Located at http://www.ukrweekly.com/archive-txt.htm the special section includes a chronology of the Holodomor years, eyewitness accounts, editorials, media reports, stories about observances of the Ukraine Holodomor 50’s Anniversary in 1983, the campaign to revoke Duranty’s 1932 Pulitzer Prize, Senate Resolution 202, transcripts of testimony on the Famine commission bill ultimately passed by the U.S.Congress, texts of statements before the U.S. Commission on the Ukraine Famine, references and other documentations, as well as the full text of The Ukrainian Weekly’s special issue on the Great Famine (Holodomor) published on March 20, 1983.

    The section is completely searchable.

    The Ukrainian Weekly on the Great Famine of 1932-33


    The first man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine 1921-1923


    Website “Infoukes”

    An information site on things Ukrainian. Articles on the Ukrainian Famine/Genocide and bibliography.


    Website “www.lucorg.com” | the League of Ukrainian Canadians

    This site presents information on the “Holodomor: Genocide by Famine” Exhibit for Canadian School Boards.

    The overall cost of each package is $2500.00, of which the League of Ukrainian Canadians will donate $2000.00, including the cost of shipping, to ensure that every interested School Board receives the complete package for $500.00.


    LUC’s also provides Teacher Education Package on the Holodomor (write to: luc@lucorg.com)

    Nicolas Werth. CASE STUDY: The Great Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33

    Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence® – ISSN 1961-9898 – Edited by Jacques Semelin


    Nicolas Werth. CHRONOLOGICAL INDEX: Mass Crimes under Stalin (1930-1953) (in English)

    Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence® – ISSN 1961-9898 – Edited by Jacques Semelin


    Nicolas Werth. CHRONOLOGICAL INDEX: Les crimes de masse sous Staline (1930-1953) (in French)

    Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence® – ISSN 1961-9898 – Edited by Jacques Semelin


    James Perloff. “Holodomor: The Secret Holocaust in Ukraine”

    Online “The New American Magazine”


    Library of Congress’s Revelations from the Russian Archives: Ukrainian Famine


    Website “Historywiz.com”

    HistoryWiz is for students, teachers,
and lovers of history. It presents a section on the Ukraine Famine


    Website “preventgenocideinternational”

    This website is a global education and action network for the prevention of genocide and crimes against humanity. It presents a section “USSR 1932-1934: Soviet Genocide/Famine in Ukraine (Holodomor)”


    Webpage on Holodomor of the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations

    Provides audio, video, survivor transcripts.


    Ukrainian Genocide Famine Foundation – USA

    Educational material available for teachers on the Ukrainian Genocide, eyewitness accounts, media cover-up, bibliography.


    Dr. Robert Conquest’s talk, “Ukraine 1933: The Terror Famine”, November 7, 1995

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website presents transcripts of lectures in its SPEAKER SERIES, “Genocide and Mass Murder in the Twentieth Century: A Historical Perspective” — a series of lectures on a number of the major genocidal events of the 20th century, providing a historical perspective and addressing some of the most vital issues facing the field of genocide studies. Lecture topics included: genocide, Armenia, the Ukraine famine, Rwanda and Burundi, the Holocaust, China, and rescuing endangered peoples.


    Website www.ArtUkraine.com

    Website www.ArtUkraine.comintroduces the advancement of Ukrainian arts, culture, history and heritage to the English-speaking audience.

    The Genocide Gallery presents how the Famine-Genocide is depicted through art. Bibliography. http://www.artukraine.com/index.php?do=cat&category=genocide

    Research Centres and programs, University level

    Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

    The Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights at seeks to enhance our understanding of genocide, political violence, and protracted conflict and related mechanisms for their prevention and resolution. To this end, the Center promotes cutting-edge research and scholarship, educational initiatives, workshops and seminars, outreach and commemorative programs, and international collaborations related to genocide, conflict resolution, and human rights.


    It also provides a list of educational websites on the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights:


    The Genocide Studies Program, Yale University

    It conducts research, seminars and conferences on comparative, interdisciplinary, and policy issues relating to the phenomenon of genocide, and has provided training to researchers from afflicted regions.



    Tatiana KardinalowskaThe Ever-Present Past. The Memoirs of Tatiana Kardinalowska.

    Tatiana Kardinalowska’s Ever-Present Past is an exceptional and extremely readable testimony of the cataclysmic times she witnessed—the Ukrainian Revolution, the subsequent civil war and Ukrainian-Soviet War, and the first fifteen years of Bolshevik rule in Ukraine, including the periods of Ukrainization and then Stalinist terror. The daughter of a tsarist general, Kardinalowska (1899–1993) survived the terror of the 1930s and the Second World War and became a postwar refugee in the United States.

    Order from the CIUS PRESS:


    Chorbajian, L., Shrinian, G., Studies in Comparative Genocide. Palgrave Macmillan, 1999. ( The chapter: “The Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33 by Frank Sysyn is recommended reading.)

    Colley M.S., Colley, N.L, “ More Than a Grain of Truth, The Biography of Gareth Richard Vaughan Jones. Nottingham, England, 2005.

    Conquest, R., Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror Famine. . Oxford University Press, 1987.

    Dimarov, A., Hutsalo, Y., Zvychayna. O., A Hunger Most Cruel: The Human Face of the 1932-1933 Terror-Famine in Soviet Ukraine.  Language Lantern Publications, 2002. (Short stories on the Famine-Genocide suitable for students.)

    Dolot,  M., Execution by Hunger: The Hidden Holocaust. W/W. Norton & Company, 1987.

    Isajiw, V.W., ed. , Famine-Genocide in Ukraine 1932-1933: Western Archives, Testimonies and Research. Basilian Press, Toronto, 2003.

    Ivshyna, L., ed., Day and Eternity of James Mace. Ukrainian Press Group Ltd., Kyiv, 2005. American historian who put the study of the Ukrainian Genocide on the world arena.

    Kuromiya, H., The Voices f the Dead: Stalin’s Great Terror in the 1930s, Yale University Press, Dec. 2007.


    Luciuk, L, ed., Holodomor: Reflections on the Great Famine of 1932-1933 in Soviet Ukraine.  Kashtan Press, 2008.

    Luciuk,  L., Not Worthy: Walter Duranty’s Pulitzer Prize and the New York Times, Kashtan Press, 2004. (Media cover-up)

    Mace, J., Communism and the Dilemma of National Liberation: National Communism in Soviet Ukraine 1918-1933. Cambridge, Mass., 1983.

    Mace, J. “I Was Chosen by Your Dead”,  The Day (Kyiv), Feb.18, 2003.

    Marples, D., Heroes and Villains: Creating National History in Contemporary Ukraine. Central European University Press, 2008.

    Martin, T., The Affirmative Action Empire: Nations and Nationalism in the Soviet Union, 1923-1939.

    Naimark, Norman M., Stalin’s Genocides, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2010.

    Between the early 1930s and his death in 1953, Joseph Stalin had more than a million of his own citizens executed. Millions more fell victim to forced labor, deportation, famine, bloody massacres, and detention and interrogation by Stalin’s henchmen. Stalin’s Genocides is the chilling story of these crimes. The book puts forward the important argument that brutal mass killings under Stalin in the 1930s were indeed acts of genocide and that the Soviet dictator himself was behind them.

    Norman Naimark, one of our most respected authorities on the Soviet era, challenges the widely held notion that Stalin’s crimes do not constitute genocide, which the United Nations defines as the premeditated killing of a group of people because of their race, religion, or inherent national qualities. In this gripping book, Naimark explains how Stalin became a pitiless mass killer. He looks at the most consequential and harrowing episodes of Stalin’s systematic destruction of his own populace–the liquidation and repression of the so-called kulaks, the Ukrainian famine, the purge of nationalities, and the Great Terror–and examines them in light of other genocides in history. In addition, Naimark compares Stalin’s crimes with those of the most notorious genocidal killer of them all, Adolf Hitler.


    Pyrih, R. ed., Holodomor of 1932-33 in Ukraine: Documents and Materials. National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Institute of History of Ukraine, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Kyiv Mohyla Academy Publishing House, Kyiv, 2008. Collection of archival Soviet, Ukrainian documents and personal correspondence of Stalin, Molotov and Kaganovich on the Ukrainian Famine in the 1930s.

    Scott, J.C., Seeing Like  a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve Human Condition Have Failed.

    Serbyn, R., ed., Holodomor: The Ukrainian Genocide 1932-1933. Canadian American Slavic Studies Journal, Vol. 42, No.3, Fall 2008.

    Serbyn, R., ed., Holodomor Studies. In Memoriam Raphael Lemkin (1900-1959), Vol.1, Issue 1, 2009.

    Serbyn, R. ed., Holodomor Studies. Holodomor as Genocide: A Symposium, Vol. 1, Issue 2, 2009.

    Serbyn, R. ed., Holodomor Studies.Photographic Evidence: Ukrainian Famines of 1921-1923 & 1932-1933. Vol.2, Issue 1, 2010.

    Bohdan KrawchenkoRoman Serbyn. Famine in Ukraine, 1932–1933

    The Soviet Man-made famine of 1932–3 in Ukraine claimed the lives of millions of people, yet until recently it has remained veiled in obscurity. This pioneering volume, which appeared before the publication of Robert Conquest’s Harvest of Sorrow and the establishment of the US Congressional Committee on the Famine, was one of the first scholarly efforts to analyze the famine. Chapters include: The Man-Made Famine of 1933 in Soviet Ukraine; The Man-Made Famine of 1932–1933 and Collectivization in Soviet Ukraine; Ukraine’s Demographic Losses 1921–1938; The Famine of 1933: A survey of the Sources, Making the News Fit to Print: Walter Duranty, the New York Times and the Ukrainian Famine of 1933; Russian Mensheviks and the Famine of 1933; Blind Eye to Murder: Britain, the United States and the Ukrainian Famine of 1933; The Impact of the Man-made Famine on the Structure of Ukrainian Society; The Famine of 1921–1923: A Model for 1932–1933?; Conceptualizations of Genocide and Ethnocide.

    Order from the CIUS PRESS:


    Shapoval, Y., Letters from Kharkiv.  2008. The truth about the Holodomor through the eyes of Italian diplomats.

    Skrypuch, M. Forchuk, Enough. M.Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2000. (for young people).

    Order from ULEC.


    Skrypuch, M., Forchuk, ed., Kobzar’s Children: A Century of Untold Ukrainian Stories, “The Ring” . Fitzhenry & Whiteside,  2006. (a short story on the Famine-Genocide).

    Viola, L., The War Against the Peasantry 1927-1930: the Tragedy of the Soviet Countryside.

    Williams, M., E., ed.,  Ukrainian Genocide Journal, Issue One, The History of the Holodomor 1932-1933, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007. Morgan (a collection of articles) morganw@patriot.net



    Videos/DVDs/ CDs:


    “Harvest of Despair” Documentary film produced by the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentary Centre in 1983. Director: Slavko Novytsky. Received numerous international awards. (DVD available: www.ucrdc.org;  info@ucrdc.org

    “Eternal Memory:Voices From the Terror”,Award Winning documentary narrated by Meryl Streep, Canada, 81 min.




    The Holodomor, Canad Inns, A short account of the Holodomor as seen through the eyes of 12 eyewitnesses now living in Canada. Excellent resource for schools.


    “The Living”(Zhyvi), Documentary film by Serhiy Bukovsky, Ukraine, 2008, http://www.theliving.org.ua Memories of survivors, the role of Gareth Jones in exposing the Holodomor in Ukraine.  Bukovsky previously directed Spell Your Name, about the Holocaust in Ukraine.



    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=713930580693384618 This is a 9 minute  video report on the Famine-Genocide depicting the “lie” presented of events at that time and the journalists involved.


    The Soviet Story. http://www.sovietstory.com One of the best up to date histories of the Soviet Union, including the Ukrainian Holodomor.  DVD may be purchased for schools.









    CD of Exhibit: «Holodomor: Genocide by Famine», produced by the League of Ukrainian Canadians in cooperation with the Kyiv Memorial Sociaety in Ukraine.

    It consists of 102 posters with excellent information on the Famine/Genocide of 1932-1933,  suitable for schools. Available through: www.lucorg.com or www.holodomoreducation.org