Commission on the Ukraine Famine

HREC cooperated with the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre (UCRDC) to digitize and preserve valuable oral testimonies collected by the U.S. Commission on the Ukraine Famine, which was established in 1986 under the direction of Dr. James Mace. Dr. Mace turned to UCRDC for assistance in gathering Famine testimonies in Canada. The entire set of 207 original recordings of oral histories was presented to the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) in Ukraine but subsequently has disappeared. The only surviving copies of the tapes are held in the archives of UCRDC. HREC funded the digitization of these tapes.

Holodomor Survivors tell their Stories


The Holodomor was a very long time ago. Many question why so much time and energy is devoted to this issue. However, when we meet with survivors, when we hear them speak of their experiences, although we can never fully understand, it helps bring us closer to that period in history that had such an impact on what defines Ukrainians as a nation, and who they are today. The contribution of survivors to understanding the Holodomor is invaluable.

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Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Holodomor

This site will highlight the stories of 80 survivors of the Holodomor – 80 stories for the 80th anniversary. These 80 stories, as told by survivors living around the world, are representative of the stories of so many who experienced the wrath of a genocidal policy deliberately implemented with the goal of destroying a nation.