Presentation of Volodymyr Serhiichuk’s Book “Hungry, Barefoot, and Undressed…” Ukrainian Children in 1932–1933

24 November 2020

Volodymyr Serhiychuk, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Head of the Department of World Ukrainian History at Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, presents his new book “Hungry, Barefoot and Undressed…” Ukrainian Children in 1932–1933 at the National Museum of the Holodomor Genocide on November 25 at 11:00.

Presentation speakers:

Volodymyr Serhiichuk, author of the book, Chairman of the Board of the International Cultural Center “Shine” in Kyiv

Oleksandra Serhiichuk, book illustrator, 9th grade student, a winner of international art competitions, and a granddaughter of Volodymyr Serhiychuk.

The book is dedicated to the memory of Ukrainian children who died of starvation in 1932–1933. It was the result of many years of studying archival documents and eyewitnessws’ accounts of the Holodomor. The author estimates the loss of Ukrainian children of preschool and school age, which amount to 3.5 million people.

Volodymyr Serhiichuk used archival sources that historians rarely pay attention to—for example, lists of children who went to school in Ukrainian villages, as well as documents on the reform of the school system, which occurred due to incomplete classes after the Holodomor genocide.

“And hundreds of thousands of children are dying in Ukraine en masse. The Muscovites seized everything from the Ukrainian people—their fertile land, their will, their free thought, they took away their children and deliberately stubbornly destroy them!” Ukrainian public figure Sofia Rusova wrote about that time.

Volodymyr Serhiichuk’s book “Hungry, Barefoot and Undressed…” Ukrainian Children in 1932—1933 was published with the support of the Holodomor Genocide Foundation (Chicago, USA) and the International Cultural Center” Shine “.

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