2020 Toronto Annual Ukrainian Famine Lecture – Online
The Last Stand: The Third All-Ukrainian Conference of the Communist Party (bolsheviks) of Ukraine and the Holodomor
The Third All-Ukrainian Party Conference was called to address one topic only: the state of Ukraine’s agricultural sector. The delegates included not only Ukraine’s communist party leaders and district-level officials but also Kremlin emissaries Lazar Kaganovich and Viacheslav Molotov, dispatched by Stalin to deal with the crisis in the countryside.
The event took place 6-9 July 1932, in Kharkiv, on the eve of the harvest and campaign to collect grain to fill state coffers. Tens of thousands had already died of starvation. Ukraine’s Politburo members met with Kaganovich and Molotov to argue for a reduction in the unrealistic grain collection quota, marking the last opportunity of Ukraine’s communists to mitigate the severity of the famine. Dr. Klid will discuss how the famine was addressed at the party conference and will reveal discrepancies between archival copies of the conference proceedings and the published report.
About the Lecture
The Toronto Annual Ukrainian Famine Lecture began in 1998 at the initiative of the Famine-Genocide Commemorative Committee of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Toronto Branch.
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