Top Picks  – Resources for Teaching the Holodomor

Selected by Valentina Kuryliw and Lana Babij

The listing below represents suggestions as to a few of the best examples in a given category of Holodomor related resources for teachers.

As there is not a consensus on the exact number of victims of the Holodomor, we prefer to use “millions were starved”.

Suggested educational websites on Holodomor education

  1. Holodomor Research and Education ConsortiumA project of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta new website contains research based authoritative content and curricular materials on the Holodomor for schools grades K-12. Educational materials ranging from background information for teachers and students, memoirs of survivors, primary documents, excerpts from literature, newspaper articles, as well as a variety of suggested lesson plans and assignments are included. Emphasis is placed on developing historical and critical thinking skills using a variety of strategies which complement the new curricula expectations in a number of provinces.
  2. Nadiya – Hope; Holodomor Supplemental Resource for TeachersEdmonton Catholic School District, Alberta. together dozens of lesson plans, powerpoints, and background materials on the Holodomor, grouped by grade level. Developed by educators throughout Canada for use K-12 and for whole school events. Although some of the materials are designed for use in Catholic schools, all the resources can be adapted as needed.
  3. Manitoba. Diversity Education: Holodomor Education and Awareness official site of the Manitoba Ministry of Education with information on the inclusion of the Holodomor in Manitoba curriculum. Offers links to Holodomor and genocide information sites and teaching resources.
  4. Classroom Resources for TeachersWebpage of the Connecticut Holodomor Awareness Committeewww.holodomorct.organd general information and an “Information Links” page that includes a categorized and regularly updated list of carefully selected print and media titles and direct links to a wide range of Holodomor resources.

Suggested documentaries on the Holodomor

  1. Genocide RevealedEducational Version. Directed by Yurij Luhovy [2013]. 26 min. and 52 min. editions on a single DVD.Most recent internationally acclaimed documentary on the Genocidal Famine. Based on rare historical footage, survivor accounts, commentaries by historians, and declassified Soviet archival documents.To purchase:\/MML/Welcome.html
  2. Harvest of Despair  The 1932-33 Man-Made Famine in Ukraine.Nowytsky, Slavko, Yurij Luhovy and Peter Blow. (Chicago): first released 1984. International Historic Films Inc. 2004.Excellent background information and cover-up of the Famine. Feature length documentary on the topic of the Holodomor. Produced in the 1980s, it remains one of the best overall presentations on the history of the Holodomor in the context of world events at the time and how the world reacted.Purchase DVD:;;
  3. Soviet Storydirected by Edvins Snore, 2008The opening 11 minutes describe the 1932-33 Genocidal Famine. The film outlines Stalin’s murderous regime from its inception through its early complicity with the Nazis, and describes the impact of this legacy today. This segment may serve as a powerful introduction to the Holodomor.Trailer:
  4. Holodomor: Voices of Survivorsproduced by Ariadna Ochrymovych, 2015A 26 minute film geared towards grades 7 to 12,  presents the personal stories of 25 Ukrainian-Canadian survivors who were children in the 1930s. it is interwoven with rare archival footage, Soviet propaganda posters, photos, and drawings which illustrate their experiences. Many were orphaned and suffered severe illnesses and trauma as a result of their experience.To purchase contact

Suggested Print Materials (Books)

  1. Klid, Bohdan and Motyl, Alexander. ed. Holodomor Reader: A Sourcebook on the Famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine. Toronto: CIUS Press, 2012. Print.
  2. Conquest, Robert. The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989. Print.
  3. Snyder, Timothy. Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. New York: Basic Books, 2010. (pp.21-58). Print.
  4. Naimark, Norman. Stalin’s Genocides. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010. Print.
  5. Pyrih, Ruslan. Trans. Bandera, Stephen.  Holodomor of 1932-33 in Ukraine Documents and Materials. Kyiv: Kyiv Mohyla Publishing House, 2008. Print. Electronic version:


Articles on the Holodomor

  1. Werth, Nicolas. “The Great Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933l a case study” in the Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence, Published 19 April, 2008, modified Feb. 2015.
  2. Lemkin, Raphael. “Soviet Genocide in (the) Ukraine” 1953Lemkin, who coined the word “genocide”and authored the UN Convention on Genocide, asserts from the outset that events in Ukraine in the early 1930s are “the classic example of the Soviet genocide, the destruction of the Ukrainian nation.” He concludes “This is not simply a case of mass murder. It is a case of genocide, of the destruction, not of individuals only, but of a culture and a nation.”