Foundation for the History of Totalitarianism

Learning about the Holodomor

The Holodomor was a terrible famine that took place in Ukraine in 1932-33. Nearly four million people died of starvation in what has been recognised by the U.K. parliament as a genocide.

We believe that knowledge of this crime and tragedy should be more widespread so we have created a ready-made presentation for a school assembly and a lesson plan which could be given after the assembly.

Statue commemorating Holodomor in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Source: Jennifer Boyer

A short booklet about the Holodomor with all the most important facts. More details here.

Holodomor candle-holder: this was the winning design in our competition in 2023. We hope to manufacture this design. For details about the competition, see here.

High quality metal lapel badges for commemorating the Holodomor are available for sale here.

Please feel free to let us know your plans or email us with any queries at


Holodomor featuring Anne Applebaum, author of Red Famine

A few basic facts:

What does the word literally mean?

The word ‘Holodomor’ means “killing by hunger” and it was coined in the 1980s.

When is the event commemorated each year?

The Holodomor is commemorated every year on the fourth Saturday of November. At this time, there are commemorative services in Ukrainian churches across the UK. Some people also light candles and put them in their front windows at dusk on the fourth Saturday.

What was the name of the film about it which came out in 2020? *

The popular 2020 film ‘Mr Jones’ is based on the British journalist Gareth Jones’ experiences when trying to report on the Holodomor, after visiting the Soviet Union in 1933.

Mr Jones (2019)
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