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Holodomor

The UCRDC was directly involved in various projects documenting Survivors' Holodomor testimonies.

  1. 1.Interviews with Holodomor Survivors
    The interview process was initiated in 1981 with survivors of the Ukrainian Holodomor 1932-33 in preparation for the documentary film “Harvest of Despair”. Topics include: the Famine itself, cannibalism, communism, collectivization, religious persecution, the CHEKA, the League of Nations, the O.G.P.U., Torgsin stores and the Twenty-Five Thousanders.

    Places mentioned are the North Caucasus, Podillia, the Volga Region, Volyn, and cities and villages in Ukraine. Material from these interviews was used in the production of the documentary film "Harvest of Despair" ( Ukrainian, English, French and Spanish languages).

    In 1986 interviews were recorded and transcripts of the audio cassette recordings were published in the "Oral History Project of the Commission on the Ukraine Famine", vol. 3, Washington, D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, 1990, pp. 1464-1659. These interviews have been digitized and are available for in house research.

  2. 2.Share the Story
    was a project created by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress in partnership with the UCRDC and begun in the summer of 2008. The project was made possible with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canadian Culture Online Strategy, Ukrainian World Congress and several Ukrainian Canadian community organizations.

    Over eighty interviews with Holodomor survivors were filmed across Canada and in some other diaspora communities. The interviewees were both men and women, from 78 to 99 years of age, most of whom had been children during the Famine.

    This part of the UCRDC website was created out of the material collected. It features filmed excerpts of the interviews, in the original Ukrainian, with transcripts in English. This material can be found on 
    www.sharethestory.ca. The original full interviews are kept by the UCRDC. 

  3. 3.Holodomor survivors
    This project was initiated by the UCRDC in 2008 and the testimonies were filmed across Canada. Canada is among the leading nations to recognize the Holodomor as an act of genocide in May of 2008. In addition to the Federal Government, four Canadian provinces have also recognized the Holodomor, proclaiming the fourth Saturday of each November as Holodomor Remembrance Day in Canada. The following parliaments have recognized the Holodomor: Canada – May 29, 2008; Saskatchewan – May 7, 2008; Alberta – October 30, 2008; Manitoba – December 4, 2008; Ontario – April 9, 2009. Excerpts from 61 testimonies (in Ukrainian) with written translations in English can be found on
    www.holodomorsurvivors.com .  The original full interviews are kept by the UCRDC. 

  4. 4.Children of Holodomor Survivors Speak

  5. The groundbreaking oral history project Children of Holodomor Survivors Speak was initiated by UCRDC in 2015 and consists of interviews with children of the survivors of the Ukrainian Holodomor (genocidal famine) and is the first such project to address the impact of the Holodomor on the lives of the second generation of survivors in the diaspora. Initiated by project coordinator Iroida Wynnyckyj. Interviews were conducted by Sophia Isajiw who also wrote the research analysis. The project's technical consultant for Phase 1 was Andy Holowaty. Phase 1 of this oral history project was completed in 2016.

  6. Research Analysis by Sophia Isajiw:

  7. First Analysis of the Children of Holodomor Survivors Speak oral history project - in English.pdf

    First Analysis of the Children of Holodomor Survivors Speak oral history project - in Ukrainian.pdf

  8. Excerpts from 21 interviews (in English) can be found on
    www.ucrdc.org/cohs

  9. The original full interviews and some transcripts аre part of the UCRDC oral history archive collection.