Key articles on the Holodomor translated from Ukrainian into English

The corpus of scholarly literature on the Ukrainian Holodomor (and on the Soviet famines of 1931–1933 in general) is growing yet is still relatively small considering the magnitude and importance of the topic. Much of what has been written on the Holodomor is in Ukrainian and thus remains inaccessible to many academics and non-academics alike.

With this in mind, the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium has launched a project to translate and publish a collection of articles written by scholars in Ukraine on the Famine of 1932–1933 (Holodomor). The editors of the planned volume, Liudmyla Hrynevych (Institute of the History of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) and Bohdan Klid (Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta), are selecting key essays to be translated from Ukrainian into English.

The first five essays address topics that have yet to be closely examined in the English-language literature. Liudmyla Hrynevych’s article deals with the topic of pro-war sentiment among the Ukrainian peasantry as a consequence of collectivization and the Holodomor. Olesia Stasiuk examines the destruction of traditional peasant values and traditions. Tetiana Yevsieiieva looks at the role played by the Union of Militant Atheists in Ukraine during collectivization and the Holodomor. Viktor Danylenko and Petro Bondarchuk discuss cultural issues, including Ukrainization and its termination, in relation to the Holodomor as well as the implications for russification in Ukraine. The authors emphasize that the central government and party leadership in Moscow viewed the national question and the grain procurement campaign in Ukraine as interconnected. Heorhii Papakin addresses the policy of blacklisting, whereby villages and other administrative entities were subject to repressive measures for not fulfilling grain procurement quotas. Penalties included trade bans, deprivation of goods, including ordinary consumer items, closure of bank accounts, pre-term collection of loans, and the levying of fines by confiscation of cattle, domestic foul and personal belongings. The author concludes that in Ukraine blacklisting became a weapon of genocide, creating conditions that were incompatible with the existence of human life. Other essays will be posted as they become available following translation and editing.

Heorhii Papakin: Blacklists as an Instrument of the Famine-Genocide of 1932–1933 in Ukraine

Liudmyla Hrynevych: The Price of Stalin’s “Revolution from Above”: Anticipation of War among the Ukrainian Peasantry

Olesia Stasiuk: The Deformation of Ukrainian Folk Culture during the Holodomor Years

Tetiana Yevsieieva: The Activities of Ukraine’s Union of Militant Atheists during the Period of All-Out Collectivization, 1929–1933

Viktor Danylenko and Petro Bondarchuk: “Ukrainization” and the Famine of 1932–33 in Ukraine

Yuri Shapoval: Vsevolod Balytsky and the Holodomor of 1932–33