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Selected by Valentina Kuryliw.

The listings below are examples of resources in a given category suitable for classroom instruction.

Educational Websites on the Holodomor

1. Holodomor Research and Education Consortium

A project of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta and

This website contains research-based, reliable content and curricular materials on
the Holodomor for grades 6-12. Educational materials found here include background information for teachers and students, memoirs of survivors, primary documents, newspaper articles, excerpts from literature, as well as a variety of suggested lesson plans and assignments. Emphasis is placed on developing historical and critical thinking skills using a variety of strategies that complement curricula expectations in a number of provinces. The site has an excellent list of resources and links.

2. Nadiya – Hope; Holodomor Supplemental Resource for Teachers

Edmonton Catholic Schools, Alberta

Developed by educators throughout Canada for use in K-12 and for school events, this site draws together dozens of lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, and background materials on the Holodomor and is grouped by grade level. 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

Manitoba Education and Training

The official site of the Manitoba Ministry of Education describes how the Holodomor has been incorporated into the Manitoba curriculum, provides teaching resources, and offers links to sites on the Holodomor and other genocides.

4. Classroom Resources for Teachers

Connecticut Holodomor Awareness Committee and

This site provides general information and includes an “Information Links” page that offers a categorized and regularly updated list of carefully selected print and media titles and direct links to a wide range of Holodomor resources.

5. “Exposing the Ukrainian Holodomor – How starvation was used as a political weapon,” 2017.

(Unit 2, Chapter 5). Free curriculum-based teaching resource from “Voices into Action,” 2017.

French version:

This is a resource for educators prepared by the Saskatchewan Holodomor Awareness and Education Committee for Voices into Action. Unit 2 of the online resource provides information on five genocides. Chapter 5 is dedicated to the study of the Holodomor.

Documentaries on the Holodomor

1. Genocide Revealed

Educational Version, 2013. Directed by Yurij Luhovy. The 26- and 52- minute versions are on a single DVD for classroom use. To purchase the DVD:
English, French and Ukrainian versions available:

This internationally acclaimed documentary on the Holodomor features rare historical footage, survivor accounts, commentaries by historians and declassified Soviet archival documents.

2. Harvest of Despair

Directed by Slavko Nowytski and Yurij Luhovy. Toronto, 1984. 55 min.
To play film from website:
To purchase the DVD:  or contact:

Harvest of Despair is a feature-length documentary containing excellent background information on the Famine and its cover-up. Produced in the 1980s, it remains one of the best overall presentations on the history of the Holodomor within the context of world events, with an emphasis on how the world reacted.

3. The Soviet Story

Directed by Edvins Snore, 2008, 85 min. To purchase the DVD: iTunes, Amazon
Ukrainian and French subtitles available

The opening 11 minutes of the film describe the 1932-33 Holodomor and can serve as a powerful introduction to the topic. 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.

4. Holodomor: Voices of Survivors

Produced and directed by Ariadna Ochrymovych, Toronto, 2015, 30 min.
To purchase the DVD, contact:

This 30-minute film is appropriate for grades 7-12. It presents the personal stories of 25 Ukrainian-Canadian survivors who were children in the 1930s, many of whom were orphaned and suffered severe illnesses and trauma. The film is interwoven with drawings that illustrate their experiences, rare archival footage, Soviet propaganda posters, and photos.

5. Stalin’s Secret Genocide

Written and directed by Andrea Chalupa, Toronto, 2017, 15 min.
To purchase the DVD, contact: Holodomor National Awareness Tour

6. Hunger For Truth: The Rhea Clyman Story

Directed by Andrew Tkach, 2017
To purchase the DVD, contact: Holodomor National Awareness Tour or

Feature Films on the Holodomor

Bitter Harvest

Produced by Ian Ihnatowycz, directed by George Mendeluk, 2017. 1h 43min.
For more information:
To purchase the DVD: Amazon and other outlets.


  1. Applebaum, Anne. Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine. Toronto: Doubleday, 2017.

  2. Conquest, Robert. The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror – Famine. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986

  3. Gal, Valentina. Philipovna: Daughter of Sorrow, Toronto: Guernica Editions, Inc. (MiroLand), 2019

  4. Karpenko, Kat. The Photograph. NJ: BookBaby, 1 July 2020

  5. Klid, Bohdan and Alexander Motyl, eds. The Holodomor Reader: A Sourcebook on the Famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine. Edmonton and Toronto: CIUS Press, 2012

  6. Kuryliw, Valentina. Holodomor in Ukraine, The Genocidal Famine, 1932-1933: Learning Materials for Teachers and Students. Toronto: CIUS Press, 2018

  7. Liber, George O. Total Wars and the Making of Modern Ukraine, 1914-1954. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016

  8. Naimark, Norman. Stalin’s Genocides. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010

  9. Pyrih, Ruslan, ed. Holodomor of 1932-33 in Ukraine: Documents and Materials. Translated by Stephen Bandera. Kyiv: Kyiv Mohyla Academy Publishing House, 2008

  10. Snyder, Timothy. Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. New York: Basic Books, 2010

Articles on the Holodomor

  1. Kuryliw, Valentina. “Teaching the Ukrainian Genocide – the Holodomor, 1932-1933: A Case Study of Denial, Cover-up and Dismissal” in genocide scholar Samuel Totten’s Teaching about Genocide: Insights and Advice from Secondary Teachers and Professors,
    Volume 1
    . Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, September 2018.

  2. Werth, Nicolas. “The Great Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933: A Case Study” in the Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence, published 19 April 2008, modified Feb. 2015.

  3. Lemkin, Raphael. “Soviet Genocide in the Ukraine,” 1953, in Raphael Lemkin Papers, The New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division, Astor, Lennox and Tilden Foundation, Raphael Lemkin ZL-273. Reel 3. First published in L.Y. Luciuk (Ed.), Holodomor: Reflections on the Great Famine of 1932-1933 in Soviet Ukraine. (Kingston, ON: Kashtan Press, 2008).  This is Lemkin’s FULL SPEECH which he presented in New York City at the 20th Commemoration of the Holodomor in 1953. His speech explains why he considered the Holodomor to be a classic example of Soviet genocide:–Holodomor_PartIV_Friesens.pdf

  4. Lemkin, who coined the word “genocide” and worked on the UN Convention on Genocide, asserts that events in Ukraine in the early 1930s were “the classic example of Soviet genocide.” 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.”
    Excerpts from an article by Prof. Roman Serbyn, Université de Quebec a Montreal