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Famine-Genocide in Ukraine

Isajiw, Wsevolod W. Famine-Genocide in Ukraine 1932-33: Western archives, testimonies and new research. Toronto: Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre, 2003.

Luckyj, George S. N.
Keeping a Record: Literary Purges in Soviet Ukraine (1930s): A Bio-Bibliography. Edmonton: Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta in Association with Ukrainian Famine Research Centre [UCRDC], Toronto: 1987.

Serbyn, Roman
The Famine of 1921-1923 and the Ukrainian Press in Canada. Toronto: Ukrainian Canadian Research & Documentation Centre, 1995. Text Ukrainian; summaries in English and French.

Isajiw, Wsevolod W. Famine-Genocide in Ukraine 1932-33: Western archives, testimonies and new research. Toronto: Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre, 2003
(ISBN 0-921537-56-5)

Published on the 70th anniversary of the 1932-1933 Famine in Ukraine, the book, presents an analysis of documents about the Famine found in Western and Russian archives. It examines reports about the Famine sent at the time by the German, Italian, and British consulates to their governments. Up to now, little has been written about these reports.

The reports give a shocking picture of the unbelievable tragedy that the Famine was. They also indicate that the Famine was brought about intentionally by the Soviet government of the time. The book examines Famine witness testimonies collected both, in the West and in Ukraine since its independence. It shows the pressure exerted by the Soviet regime on the Western press to deny the Famine and the willingness of some reporters to comply. It also contains an article on the letters by Stalin, recently discovered in the Russian archives, linking the Famine to Stalin s hatred of Ukrainian independence movement of the time.

The book also examines two other famines in Ukraine spawned by the Soviet regime in the twentieth century. An extensive bibliography on the 1932-1933 Famine is included.


  1. The Famine in Western Archives: German Diplomatic Reports on the Famine (by Orest Subtelny);

  2. Italian Archival Documents on the Ukrainian Famine (by Andrea Graziosi);

  3. The Famine in the British Government Archives (by Jaroslaw V. Koshiw);

  4. The Famine Witnesses: The Famine Witnesses: Oral Histories in North America (by Iroida Wynnytsky and - Wsevolod W. Isajiw);

  5. A Blanket of Silence: The Response of the Western Press Corps in Moscow to the Ukraine Famine in 1932-1933 (by Susan J. Taylor);

  6. Famine, International Law and Human Rights: A Statement on the 1990 Report of the International Commission of Inquiry Into the 1932-1933 Famine in Ukraine (by John P. Humphrey);

  7. Famine Initiators and Directors: Personal Papers: The 1932-33 Ukrainian Terror: New Documentation on Surveillance and the Thought Process of Stalin (by Terry Martin);

  8. Testimonies from Kyiv: To Return to People Their History and to History the Truth (by Volodymyr Maniak);

  9. Spiritual Ruin: On the Question of Consequences of 1932-1933 Famine in Ukraine (by Lydia Kovalenko);

  10. The Other Famines: The Origin of the Ukrainian Famine of 1921-23 in the Light of Recent Research (by Roman Serbyn);

  11. The 1946-47 Famine in Ukraine: A Comment on the Archives of the Underground (by Peter J. Potichnyj);

  12. Famine Bibliography: Famine 1932-1933: Selected Bibliography (by Olya Pavlyshyn)