2018 Toronto Annual Ukrainian Famine Lecture – Dr. Liudmyla Hrynevych


“Genocide in Ukraine: The Holodomor and Its Lessons for the Future”
Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy,
University of Toronto October 20, 2018

The 21st Toronto Annual Ukrainian Famine Lecture, delivered by Dr. Liudmyla Hrynevych, the Director of the Holodomor Research and Education Centre in Kyiv, was held on the second evening of the HREC genocide conference and marked its conclusion. A Senior Scholar at the Institute of the History of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Dr. Hrynevych is a specialist on collectivization and the Holodomor and compiler of the multi-volume Khronika kolektуvizatsii i Holodomoru v Ukraini v 1927– 1933 (Chronicle of Collectivization and the Holodomor in Ukraine, 1927–1933). Her monograph Holod 1928–1929 rr. u Radianskii Ukraini (Famine in Soviet Ukraine, 1928–1929) was published in 2013.

Dr. Hrynevych discussed the Holodomor in the context of theories of genocide and colonialism. Illustrating her points with visuals from the period of the Holodomor, she demonstrated how Soviet propaganda prepared the ground for genocide by using the press and the cinema to demonize the better-off Ukrainian peasants (kulaks) as enemies of the state.

The Toronto Annual Ukrainian Famine Lecture was initiated in 1998 by the Toronto Famine- Genocide Commemorative Committee of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. Past lecturers have included CIUS Director Jars Balan, James Mace, Norman Naimark, Alexander Motyl, Anne Applebaum, and Timothy Snyder. This year’s lecture was co-sponsored by HREC/CIUS; the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine; the Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies; the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES), University of Toronto; and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Toronto.