The Great Famine-Genocide in Soviet Ukraine (Holodomor)

Kyiv, Ukraine and Washington, D.C.
December 30, 2002


A new website, "FAMINE-GENOCIDE IN UKRAINE 1933" has been launched by The Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Toronto Branch and its Famine Genocide Commemorative Committee. The new website can be found at:

The Famine Genocide Commemorative Committee stated "Our objective in producing this web site was to create public awareness of the 1933 genocide."

According to information on the new website, "The impetus for this new web site was the 65th anniversary (1998) of the 1933 Famine-Genocide in Ukraine.

"A commemorative week was dedicated for observance of this solemn anniversary. Participants included survivors, scholars, students, parliamentarians, clergy and the Ukrainian community in the Greater Toronto Area."

"The commemorative week generated wide interest in what was an unprecedented, and continues to be the least known, genocide perpetrated in the 20th century."

"The events of that week revealed a need for a handy, introductory resource, especially for students. For this reason we consulted authorities on the subject: Dr. James Mace, Prof. Roman Serbyn, Dr. Frank Sysyn, and Senior Researcher at the Ukrainian Canadian Research & Documentation Centre - Andrew Gregorovich......"

The Famine Committee, "........interviewed the following survivors residing in Toronto: Maria Boshyk, George Bulat, Benjamin Chmilenko, Nicholas Latyshko, Pavlo Makohon, Valentyna Podasz and Agnes and George Starostenko. We thank them sincerely for sharing with us the horrors they experienced and for providing a human interest dimension to this website."

According to the Committee, "The breakup of the Soviet Union greatly facilitated access to Soviet archives. Researchers delving into the archives are finding that the scope and toll of the victims have been greatly under- estimated. They are also compiling lists of those who committed this genocide, lest their names sink into oblivion."

"We hope that as the research findings become readily available, they will be widely disseminated and those who committed this crime against humanity be brought to justice, or at least that their names become public record for posterity."

The Committee explained that "In Canada genocide studies have become an integral part of curricula in both secondary and post-secondary educational institutions. The inclusion of the 1933 Famine-Genocide in Soviet Ukraine engineered by Stalin and his henchmen is long overdue."

A special feature of the web site, not found on other websites that feature material about the famine, is a Teacher's Guide to the Famine- Genocide, developed by Valentina Kuryliw.

As Genocide Studies become more of an integral part of educational instruction, the new web site and its materials provide a handy, easily accessible, reliable resource for teachers and students.

In addition there are considerable resource materials on the website including a basic facts section, Findings of the Commission on the Ukrainian Famine, diplomatic reports, memoirs, testimonies, numerous articles and academic lectures related to various studies and writings. There is an extensive bibliography and links to other various sources of information.

The Famine-Genocide Commemorative Committee members include: Eugene Yakovitch (Chair), Lesya Jones, Halia Dmytryshyn, Marika Szkambara and Lesia Korobaylo.

The Famine-Genocide Commemorative Committee can be contacted at  Lesia Korobaylo is the web content manager.

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