Canadian-American Slavic Studies Journal
Holodomor 70th Anniversary Commemorative Edition
Mr. Charles Schlacks, Jr, Publisher
Idyllwild, CA, Vol. 37, No. 3, Fall 2003
The Fall 2003 Canadian-American Slavic Studies journal features the
Foreword: "1933. Genocide. Ten Million. Holodomor," by Peter Borisow,
President of the Hollywood Trident Foundation and the Genocide Awareness
Foundation. Mr. Borisow's article focuses on the fact that it is necessary
to correct the erroneous perception that Holodomor was a weather-generated
event, as is the common public perception gained through the use of the
Margaret Siriol Colley and Nigel Linsan Colley wrote, "Gareth Jones: A Voice
Crying in the Wilderness," an article based on the British reporter Gareth
Jones' articles (including those that first broke the news of the Holodomor
to the west), diaries, and letters, as well as official British government
documents, and letters from former Prime Minister, David Lloyd George.
Dr. Daria Darewych's article, "Images and Evocations of the Famine-Genoide
in Ukrainian Art," is enhanced by 16 exemplary illustrations. Dr. Darewych
is the President of the Shevchenko Society of Canada, and is a Professor of
Art History at York University. Her article explains the reasons why,
because of the political oppression pervasive in the USSR, there was, of
political necessity, a dearth of artistic images dealing with the Holodomor
until the recently achieved freedom of expression permitted the subject to
be artistically addressed.
Dr. James E. Mace, Professor of Political Science at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
National Univeristy contributed his article, "Is the Ukrainian Genocide a
Myth?" Citing Stalin's letter to Kaganovich of 11 September 1932, he points
out the unquestionable fact that the genocidal aspects of the Holodomor were
both known and condoned at the highest level of the Stalinist regime.
Johan Ohman, a Ph.D. candidate at Lund University in Sweden, addresses the
ways in which Ukrainian subjugation by the USSR especially as demonstrated
by the ravages inflicted upon the populace by the Holodomor influenced the
formation of both national and personal identities. He also discusses how
these subjects, as well as Ukrainian history in general, are presented in
"The Holodomor of 1932-1933, as Presented in Drama and the Issue of Blame,"
by Dr. Larissa M. L. Zaleska Onyshkevych, President of the Shevchenko
Society of America, explores the Holodomor-related works of the
playwrights, Yuriy Yanovskyi, Serhiy Kokot-Ledianskyi, and Bohdan Boychuk.
As with visual arts, the problem of Soviet control of all aspects of life
prohibited these writers, and others, to present the Holodomor in its
horrible truth and vastness. While in the thrall of the Soviet Union, these
writers could mention the ravages of the Holodomor only through the use of
veiled allusions, or in publications written by the Diaspora and/or
published in the west. Once the collapse of the Soviet Union removed the
threat of fast and sure reprisals against the artist, his work, and his
family members, artists and writers were freed to relate the once-captive
history of their people.
Orysia Paszeczak Tracz translated primary source testimonies from the book
edited by Lidia Borysivna Kovalenko and Volodymyr Antonovych, Holod 33:
A National Memorial Book. Mrs. Tracz is an Ukrainian ethnographer,
translator, and frequent contributor to The Ukrainian Weekly. The variety,
and yet universality of experiences suffered by those providing testimonies
for this book express the profound influence of the terrors these people
witnessed and never forgot.
"The Holodomor: 1932-1933," by Guest Editor Cheryl A. Madden, provides an
overview of the Holodomor, and makes use of a variety of international and
multi-ethnic sources to support its various points. Ms. Madden also
contributed the Introduction, "A Selective Annotated Bibliography of Books
in English Regarding the Holodomor and Stalinism," and her review of the
book of primary source famine-appeal letters, _We'll Meet Again in Heaven:
German-Russians Write Their American Relatives, 1925-1937_, by Ronald J.
Copies of Holodomor: The Ukrainian Genocide, 1932-1933 can be ordered
from the publisher via the following contact information. The price of this
special edition is: $5.00, plus $2.00 US postage, $3.00 in Canada, and $4.00
Mr. Charles Schlacks, Jr., Publisher, P. O. Box 1256,
Idyllwild, CA 92549-1256 USA, firstname.lastname@example.org