The Holodomor: Moscow’s Menacing of Ukraine in Historical Context

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2023 marks the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor, a Soviet artificially induced famine which claimed the lives of approximately 4,5 million people who lived in the Ukrainian Socialist Soviet Republic. Its history and legacy have been widely debated and reflected in the Ukrainian society and diaspora, making it a cornerstone of the collective memory in the country.

We invite you to the lecture “The Holodomor: Moscow’s Menacing of Ukraine in Historical Context” by Dr. Kristina Hook to reflect on its the changes the famine had in public perception locally and in global contexts over the past nine decades. Together with a brief history of Holodomor itself, the lecture will cover its modern place in scholarship and Ukrainian history, as well as parallels with the atrocities of Russia’s war against Ukraine.

Dr. Kristina Hook is an Assistant Professor of Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University’s School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding, and Development and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. Based on her fieldwork in Ukraine since 2015, her doctoral dissertation on the Holodomor received the Kellogg Institute for International Studies Award for Distinguished Dissertation on Democracy and Human Development. She is also the Principal Author of “The Russian Federation’s Escalating Commission of Genocide in Ukraine: A Legal Analysis,” published in July 2023 by New Lines Institute and the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights.