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Ukrainian Famine Survivors in Minnesota oral history project collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: IHRC3958


11 video recordings of interviews with survivors (or their descendants) of the Ukrainian Famine (Holodomor) of the 1930s. The participants in the project live in Minnesota. Included are also transcripts of all interviews and translations for those in Ukrainian. The following individuals were interviewed: Olga and Halia Chorolec, Olga Kovalevsky, Kira Stetsenko Tsarehradsky, Tatiana Riabokin, Helen Bahmet, Olexa Breslawec, Alla and Oleskiy Khrystych, Lydia Iwaskewycz, Stefan Iwaskewycz, Alexander Poletz, and Zina Poletz Gutmanis. The interviews are available online in the U Media Archive, please see "Digital material" below.

Included are also print materials documenting the famine anniversary commemoration events, and a volume comprising print versions of transcripts of the interviews.


  • 1983-2019

Language of Materials

In English and Ukrainian

Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

The Ukrainian Famine Survivors in Minnesota oral history project was conducted in 2019 by the Ukrainian American Community Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was supported by a grant from the Statewide Historical and Cultural Grants program administered by the Minnesota Historical Society and funded by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund created in 2008 when Minnesota voters passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. Zinaida Poletz Gutmanis was the principal investigator of the project on behalf of the Ukrainian American Community Center.


2.5 linear inches

11 Gigabytes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection acquired from the Ukrainian American Community Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2019.

Inventory of the Ukrainian Famine Survivors in Minnesota oral history project collection.
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Collecting Area Details

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