General Essay – Activity

[Excerpt From Holodomor in Ukraine, The Genocidal Famine 1932-33: Teaching Materials for Teachers and Students – By Valentina Kuryliw]


The questions below may be used as a guide for a class discussion. The results of the discussion could be checked orally or handed in for marking.


Read the background article and discuss the questions below

  1. What groups did the Soviet authorities specifically target in Ukraine?
  2. According to the article what is the estimated number of victims of this tragedy?
  3. Why is the Ukrainian Holodomor considered to be one of the worst tragedies of the 20th century?
  4. How did Stalin deal with the farmers in Ukraine?
  5. List the actions of Soviet authorities that led to the Genocidal Famine inUkraine.
  6. What reason is given for these actions against the population of Ukraine?
  7. How did foreign journalists deal with the famine in Ukraine in 1932-1933?
  8. Why was this the case?
  9. Explain how Canadians were affected by events in Ukraine in 1932-1933.
  10. Why was it possible to cover up the Famine for over 70   years?
  11. Why has the discussion about the “Holodomor” surfaced today?
  12. What does the term “Holodomor” mean?
  13. Why was it important for Canada to recognize the Ukrainian tragedy as an genocide? When did this occur?
  14. Do you think it is possible to hide a genocide like the Ukrainian Holodomor from the world today? Explain your answer.


Bonus question: List other genocides that have occurred since 1933 in which “food was used as a weapon”.

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