Welcome to the Holodomor National Awareness Tour Educational Hub & link directory
Featured below are selected websites, books, and films that may be useful in teaching and studying the Holodomor.
To find lesson plans, curricular connections, and teaching materials for grades 2 to 11, please go to our partner page www.holodomor.ca/education developed by the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium.
Total Wars and the Making of Modern Ukraine, 1914-1954
George O. Liber, University of Toronto Press, 2016.
In Total Wars and the Making of Modern Ukraine, 1914–1954, George O. Liber describes how the two world wars, the Holodomor, and the Holocaust played critical roles in forming today’s Ukraine. Liber examines the terrifying scope and paradoxical consequences of mass violence, exploring the entangled histories of Ukraine, the USSR, Germany, and East Central Europe.
The Holodomor Reader: A Sourcebook on the Famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine
Bohdan Klid and Alexander J. Motyl, eds., Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Press, 2012.
The Holodomor Reader is a wide-ranging collection of material, much of which never before appeared in English. The volume includes articles on the Holodomor; legal assessments; eyewitness accounts and survivor testimonies; government documents; and works of literature.
Norman M. Naimark, Princeton University Press, 2010.
Professor Naimark has written an accessible and detailed account of Stalin and his atrocities that is appropriate for high school students. He argues that Stalin’s mass killings of the 1930s should be classified as “genocide.” Chapter 4 focuses on the Holodomor.
Purchase a copyhttp://press.princeton.edu/titles/9278.html
The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine
Robert Conquest, Hutchinson, 1986.
The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine was the first full history of the Holodomor to appear in any language. Written by eminent British historian Robert Conquest, it was published in 1986, before the fall of the USSR, based largely on survivor and witness testimonies.
Contextualizing the Holodomor: The Impact of Thirty Years of Ukrainian Famine Studies
Andrij Makuch and Frank E. Sysyn, eds., Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Press, 2015.
The articles in this volume examine what thirty years of scholarly work on the Famine (which could only begin with the fall of the Soviet Union when archives became accessible) have meant for our understanding of Ukrainian history, Soviet history, communism, and genocide studies.
Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
Timothy Snyder, Basic Books, 2010.
Snyder's groundbreaking work uses primary and secondary sources to illuminate the commonalities between the Soviet and Nazi regimes and the suffering they caused civilian populations in Ukraine, Poland, Belarus, and Russia. Chapter 1, on "The Soviet Famines," focuses on the Holodomor and other famines that occurred as a result of Soviet policies.
Purchase a copyhttp://www.basicbooks.com/full-details?isbn=9780465031474
Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Concordia University
This website of Concordia University houses survivor accounts of the Holodomor. These accounts can serve as an excellent resource for teachers looking to examine the Holodomor through the lens of survivors. The accounts are in text format and can be used as case studies to illuminate what is a too little known part of Ukrainian and Soviet history.
Holodomor – Wikipedia
The Holodomor (Ukrainian: Голодомо́р) was a man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine in 1932 and 1933 that killed an estimated 2.5–7.5 million Ukrainians, with millions more counted in demographic estimates. It was part of the wider Soviet famine of 1932–33, which affected the major grain-producing areas of the country.
Pennsylvanian Department of Education
This link is to a free downloadable workbook for teachers and students from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. “Genocide: Never Again”, by Vera Bej, Ihor Mirchuk, Christine R. Shwed. Pennsylvania – Department of Education 2007.
Connecticut Holodomor Awareness Committee
This website offers general information on the Holodomor and is itself a resource hub containing an excellent historical timeline of events leading up to the Holodomor that can support students and teachers alike in understanding how the Holodomor happened. The site also offers eyewitness accounts and links to resources including photo documentation of the Holodomor.
Manitoba – Diversity Education – Holodomor Education and Awareness
The official site of the Manitoba Ministry of Education contains information on the Holodomor and its inclusion in the Manitoba Curricula. It also includes teacher resources, lesson plans, curriculum fits, and discussion of why it is important to study the Holodomor.
Share the Story
The Share the Story website features videotaped interviews with survivors of the Holodomor that are subtitled in English. Viewers are able to hear and see first-hand accounts of what it was like to experience the Holodomor.
Holodomor Research and Education Consortium, University of Alberta
HREC, a project partner of the Holodomor National Awareness Tour, has developed a dedicated Holodomor educational site with teachers and students in mind. It features a wealth of resources, including curricular connections, lesson plans, and teaching materials. It is intended to serve both primary and secondary teachers and independent learners.
Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre
Children of Holodomor Survivors Speak
This site features interviews with children of Holodomor survivors, the first project to address the impact of the Holodomor on the lives of the second generation of survivors in the diaspora. It was undertaken as part of an oral history project of the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre. Videos and transcript excerpts are accessible online.