Presentation of a textbook for teachers “The Holodomor of 1932-1933 – the genocide of the Ukrainian nation”

23 November 2021

On November 23, the Holodomor Museum presented a textbook for teachers, “The Holodomor of 1932-1933 – the genocide of the Ukrainian nation”, prepared by the staff of the Holodomor Research Institute.

“The textbook has been tested in schools, received positive feedback from teachers, professors, members of the public – said the director of the Holodomor Research Institute, Doctor of Historical Sciences, and one of the authors of the textbook Svetlana Markova. “The educational publication will promote the formation of students’ universal and national values, social responsibility, intolerance of human rights violations, intensification of the desire to participate in the development of civil society and the legal social Ukrainian state.”

“I think this textbook will be a historical reminder for those who do not recognize the Holodomor as genocide today, or even for those who deny the Holodomor. Unfortunately, there are some in Ukraine and abroad, “said Vasyl Marochko, a leading researcher at the Holodomor Research Institute, a leading researcher at the Institute of Ukrainian History of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Doctor of Historical Sciences, professor, Head of the Genocide Research Center of the Ukrainian nation.

“School curricula do not cover the full range of Holodomor history, so the Holodomor Research Institute initiated the inclusion of fundamentally new topics in the textbook, which reveal how traditional Ukrainian society was broken, how the mentality nurtured for hundreds of years was destroyed, and how the communist totalitarian regime began to destroy Ukrainian youth”, – said Inna Shugalyova, a leading researcher at the Holodomor Research Institute, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Associate Professor.

Nina Lapchynska, a senior researcher at the Holodomor-Genocide Historical Research Institute of the Holodomor Research Institute, also emphasized that it is important that the textbook contains detailed information on the definition of “genocide” and provides a legal assessment of the crime.

About the textbook.

The publication covers the preconditions, circumstances, and consequences of the Holodomor of 1932-1933 – genocide of the Ukrainian nation – and mass man-made famines 1921-1923 and 1946-1947 in the broad historical context of Ukrainian and world history. The authors present thorough factual material combined with an analytical understanding of various aspects of the crimes of the communist totalitarian regime.

The textbook contains documents, photographs, statistics, and maps that complement the historical narrative. The publication covers a wide range of topics that reveal the preconditions, course, and consequences of the crime:

The National liberation struggle during 1917-1921;

Mass man-made famine during 1921-1923;

the policy of the communist totalitarian regime before Genocide;

organizers, executors, and mechanism of the Holodomor;

reasons and consequences of the mass man-made famine of 1946-1947;

consequences and condemnation of crimes of the totalitarian regime.

According to the authors, the textbook will be useful not only for history teachers but also for teachers of the law, civic education, teachers, employees of cultural and educational institutions, journalists, students, pupils, and anyone interested in the history of Ukraine.