Ukrainian Famine 1932-33 Collection
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Interviews conducted between 1981 and 1988. Material was used in the production of the one hour film "Harvest of Despair", documenting the 1932-1933 famine in Ukraine. Screened in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Sweden, the film won international acclaim, receiving 11 prizes, 6 of which were first prizes. Men and women survivors of the famine were interviewed. The motion picture interviews concentrate on the Famine and the related events. The video and sound cassette interviews deal also with the entire life history of the individuals interviewed. Special emphasis was placed on the Canadian experience. Topics include the famine itself, cannibalism, communism, collectivization, religious persecution, the CHEKA, the League of Nations, the O.G.P.U., Torgsin Stores and the Twenty-Five Thousanders. Interviewees refer to the North Caucasus, Podillia, the Volga Region, Volyn, and cities and villages in Ukraine. Transcripts of the sound cassette recordings were published in Oral History Project of the Commission on the Ukraine Famine, vol. 3, Washington, D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, 1990, p. 1464-1659.