Holodomor: Genocide by Famine
Cleveland State University
Michael Schwartz Library
In 1932 and 1933, an estimated seven to 10 million Ukrainians died of starvation in the great terror-famine engineered by the Soviet regime of Joseph Stalin to methodically wipe out Ukrainian nationalism.
This human tragedy was hidden from the world during the Soviet Union era. After 1991, when the Soviet Union collapsed and the Ukraine became independent, the top secret archives on the horror were opened and the truth slowly revealed. In 2003, the United Nations identified it as a world crime. Since then the Canadian Senate, the United State House of Representatives and the European Parliament have recognized the Holodomor as a crime against humanity.
The exhibit commemorates the Famine Genocide in a series of panels ranging from the collectivization and the annihilation of individual farms, to the opposition of this collectivization, to why and how the genocide was organized (including blacklisting of villages, ban on travel, and export of grain abroad). The panels also provide information about the Soviet's denial and cover-up, protests and attempt at relief, statements of survivors, and government documents on the famine. DVDs about the Holodomor are also available for viewing in the display area.
The series of 100 posters was produced by the League of Ukrainian Canadians Citizens in cooperation with the Museum of Soviet Occupation of the Kyiv Memorial Society in Ukraine. The poster series has been displayed at numerous colleges, universities, churches, civic organizations and other place in the United States and around the world. The display at Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library is free and open to the public during normal Library hours.