Oral history interviews with the children of survivors, who are themselves now in their late 40’s to 70’s, provides a springboard for such a discussion and its further research.” The project has two objectives.The main one is: has the knowledge of the parent’s experience and survival of the Holodomor had any influence on the descendant?Eleven of the 21 respondents were chosen on the basis of UCRDC having previously conducted archival interviews with their Holodomor survivor parents.The remaining 10 respondents were the result of the "snow ball method" of selection.Each interview was video recorded in English, transcribed and is accessible for further use in the UCRDC archives.The project's technical consultant, adds: “By recording these participants, humankind will now have more data available for wide distribution to researchers, academics, journalists, teachers, and the general public, to help prevent a similar atrocity from ever happening to innocent victims again.I think what is happening with this recording and documentation is extremely important. Alexander Melnyk "I think it’s important to record these stories because I think we’re filling in blanks.I don’t think my parents ever gave the full story on things, so we’re piecing together the stories for our community to fully understand our community.
The second objective is: what is the respondent’s own life story in a description of his or her family, schools attended, work history, migration, community attachment and the like?
Project coordinator and UCRDC Archivist The purpose of this oral history project is not to record the history of the Holodomor’s genocidal trauma, but rather, what became of the children of the survivors of the Holodomor and what do they see as the Holodomor’s legacy for Ukrainians?
The fact that the project is done in North America is equally valuable because it enables a discussion of how the Holodomor has become a diaspora marker of Ukrainian identity.
It’s also a means of dispelling – on their behalf – some of the guilt and potentially shame that accompanied their survival of this tragedy.” Olena Bulat “What should the Ukrainian community do about the Holodomor now? Certainly capturing every single memory that we can. We lived through the terror of Stalin, to take us to where we are today.
The Jews have done an excellent job making sure the world knew about their holocaust and we should do no less with the Holodomor because that was the Ukrainian holocaust. Well, as a manager, one of the interviewing skills I was taught was that one of the best predictors of a person’s future performance is their past performance, so when you’re interviewing people, always find out about their past. Think of it, we could have easily a thousand times been part of Russia, we never were, and to this day.