HREC in Ukraine

HREC in Ukraine

We will preserve the memory of the Holodomor-genocide and the fates of our families, and bring life stories to the world that will inspire people in the future

The Holodomor Research and Education Centre in Ukraine (HREC in UKRAINE) encourages the public to share family history for the creation of an open source the “Holodomor Family History Global Database”

In the spring of 2017, on the initiative of HREC in Ukraine, the “Holodomor Family History Global Database” project started up in Ukraine. The idea was to create the world’s largest on-line source of the stories of individual people and entire families – Ukrainians, Poles, Jews, Greeks, Russians, Germans, Bulgarians, and others – before, during, and after the Holodomor of 1932–1933 in the Ukrainian SSR.

The Family History Global Database Project was launched on in International Family Day, 2017, 15 April. The joint coordinators of the project, ethnologist and journalist Yaroslava Muzychenko and well-known collector of Holodomor victim testimonies Vira Annusova of Luhansk, presented the concept of the global database.

Prepared with the use of innovative programming and supplied with thorough search capability, the global database will contain personal profiles with full-text publication of testimonies, video, audio, images, documents from family archives, etc. It will have resource and passportized information with hyper-references to collections of testimonies maintained in libraries, archives, museums, and research centers around the world.

As the symbol of our global database we have chosen the traditional guardian spirit of the Ukrainian people – an embroidery, forming the contours of the continents as the manifestation of our aspirations to conserve the memory of the Holodomor-genocide and the fates of the families scattered throughout the world, and to bring to humanity unique life stories which can provide inspiration for the future.

In less than a year of work, the coordinators of the Holodomor Family History Global Database Project have prepared over 3,000 testimonies from family archives, small print-run scholarly publications and even some mass media for inclusion in this electronic resource. Symbolically, it was begun with a unique collection of hundreds of family histories on the Holodomor in the Luhansk region, which were collected by the mathematics teacher Vira Annusova beginning in the 1970s. A few years ago, the regional studies specialist shipped the collection out of the war-torn East of Ukraine and transferred it to HREC in Ukraine.

Access to the resource is scheduled to open until the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor on the portal HREC in Ukraine:

The database is being constantly supplemented. Anyone can join in the creation of the global database: some will share their life stories or the stories of their families, some will mention those whose family worlds disappeared in the maelstrom of the Holodomor.

On the eve of this year's International Family Day, we are turning to Ukrainian society, the families of Ukraine and the Diaspora: share with us the memories of our relatives about the Holodomor, about what was preceded and what was after the Genocide.

Let us honor the memory of our near ones, let us renew intergenerational ties, let us overcome the atomization of Ukrainian society born of the totalitarian past. We remember, and we unite in the name of the future!

Please send your family histories to our electronic address:


+38 (096) 423 70 18

Yaroslava Muzychenko,

Project coordinator

The Global Database Project was begun, and is being carried out, by HREC in Ukraine, with the support of the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Ukraine and the Ministry of Education and Sciences of Ukraine, in close cooperation with the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, the Institute of the History of Ukraine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the National Museum of the History of Ukraine, and the Ukrainian Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC) of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies.

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