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The Holodomor Reader
A Sourcebook on the Famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine

Compiled and edited by
Bohdan Klid and Alexander J. Motyl


Copyright 2012 Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies
ISBN 978-1-894865-28-9 (bound). -- ISBN 978-1-894865-29-6 (pbk.)

Summary:
The Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) at the University of Alberta is heavily involved in providing educational material for inclusion in the school curriculum throughout Canada. Bohdan Klid has spearheaded this effort by compiling the 400-page Holodomor Reader .

The list of Short Titles contains 22 books referred to repeatedly in the text.

The 17-page Table of Contents is divided into 6 sections as follows:
1) Scholarship (13 items)
2) Legal Assessments, Findings, and Resolutions (13 items)
3) Eyewitness Accounts and Memoirs (32 items)
4) Survivor Testimonies, Memoirs, Diaries, and Letters (26 items)
5) Documents
Soviet Government, Communist Party, and Secret Police Documents (53 items)
British Foreign Office Documents (5 items)
German Foreign Office Documents (2 items)
Italian Foreign Office Documents (6 items)
Polish Foreign Office and Intelligence Service Documents (9 items)
Reaction to the Famine by NGOs and Ukrainians outside the Soviet Union (7 items)
Soviet Denials (1930s to 1980s) (3 items)
6) Literature: Prose, Plays, Poetry
Prose (12 items)
Plays (4 items)
Poetry (9 items)
Folk Verses (5 items)

The 20-page Introduction explains the purpose of the book and the evolution of the gradual acceptance of the Holodomor as deliberate genocide from Raphael Lemkin in 1953, through the seminal work of Robert Conquest and James Mace in 1986 via "Harvest of Sorrow" to the present day explosion of research since the demise of the Soviet Union and the establishment of an independent Ukrainian state. The authors decline to speculate on the number of Holodomor victims, but point out that: "... Western journalists and others traveling to Ukraine in the 1930s, it was they who first suggested that the number of victims was six million or more, based on their conversations with Soviet officials."  [W.Z. Stalin himself referred to 10 million and Khruschev suggested 12 million in Ukraine itself.]

The authors then conclude the Introduction by summarizing their findings under the headings:
Collectivization and Famine in the USSR and Ukraine
Stalin’s Views on the Nationality Question
The Case for Genocide
Conclusion and Acknowledgments

Bohdan Klid and Alexander Motyl must be congratulated for compiling, organizing and analyzing this vast amount of material on the Holodomor.

Will Zuzak; 2013.09.01