2019 Toronto Annual Ukrainian Famine Lecture by Olga Andriewsky
Remembering the Terror-Famine: Memory and Meaning in the Early Years of the Cold War
Professor Olga Andriewsky presented the 2019 Toronto Annual Ukrainian Famine Lecture, speaking on the important yet often overlooked topic of violence as an integral component of the Holodomor. Dr. Andriewsky is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Trent University.
As the anthropologist, Rubie S. Watson once asked, “How do people remember events that ‘did not occur’? How do people ‘remember what is meant to be forgotten”? This lecture will explore the decade between 1945 and 1955, when the Holodomor was “first remembered”. It will examine the active construction and transmission of a social memory of the Terror-Famine among post-war refugees from the Soviet Union. It will also consider how remembrance of the Holodomor shaped and, in turn, was shaped by the emerging Cold War.
After 1945, the Holodomor became part of making the case in the West for legal recognition and assistance for refugees fleeing Communism. As the Cold War escalated, famine survivors were increasingly called on as witnesses in a fierce political debate in the U.S. about the nature of the Soviet Union and U.S. policy towards the Soviet Union.
"Remembering the Terror Famine: Memory and Meaning in the Early Years of the Cold War" Professor Olga Andriewsky (Trent University) December 7, 2019 Toronto
Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta)
Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine (Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, University of Toronto)
Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies
Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Toronto Branch