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On-Site Commemoration: Holodomor – 90th Anniversary

November 19, 2023 | 1:30pm CDT

9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL 60077

In 1932-33, millions of Ukrainians starved to death in a man-made famine deliberately engineered by Stalinist regime leaders. Known as the Holodomor, the Ukrainian term for “killing by starvation,” the famine is one of the least known genocides of the 20th century.

Presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Ukraine in Chicago, we invite you to join us for a live conversation between Dr. Andriy Kohut, Director of the Sectoral State Archive of the Security Service of Ukraine, and John Packer, Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) and Neuberger-Jesin Professor of International Conflict Resolution in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, about this lesser-known history and how Russia’s current war of aggression and atrocity crimes has unearthed genocidal policies against Ukrainians today.

The conversation will be moderated by Olga Kamenchuk, Associate Research Professor at the Institute for Policy Research and Associate Professor of Instruction at Northwestern University.

Please visit the pop-up Holodomor exhibition in the Museum’s Pritzker Hall of Reflection before the commemoration. The program will begin at 1:30 pm in Goodman Auditorium.


During the weekend of November 17-19, Illinois Holocaust Museum will host a pop-up exhibition, We Were Killed Because We Are Ukrainians. The purpose of the exhibition is to show the Holodomor as a process, not a phenomenon; to show the history of the Holodomor as the history of the genocide of the Ukrainian nation through the prism of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The exhibition was created in cooperation with the Central State Archives of the Highest Authorities and Administration of Ukraine, the Central State Archive of Public Associations of Ukraine, and the Pshenychnyi Central State Film and Photo Archive of Ukraine, with materials from the Branch State Archive of the Security Service of Ukraine, the Branch State Archive of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, the National Center of Folk Culture “Ivan Honchar Museum,” and the Museum of the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917–1921. It is based on archival materials, memoirs of people who survived the Holodomor, and works of leading researchers and lawyers.

Reservations required.

Free to the public.

Community Partners: Kol Hadash; Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (Illinois Division)

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