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The Reporter and the Genocide:

Gareth Jones and the Ukrainian famine of 1932-33

At the Guarini Institute for Public Affairs

Friday March 13th 2009

Delegates' Biographies

• 10:30 am Ukraine Between Stalin and Hitler

Dr. Karel Berkhoff (b. 1965) is a historian educated in Amsterdam, at Harvard University (AM), and the University of Toronto (1998) who since 2003 has been a researcher and associate professor at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, an organization of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the University of Amsterdam. He teaches at that university and coordinates its MA track in Holocaust and Genocides Studies. His book Harvest of Despair: Life and Death in Ukraine under Nazi Rule (Harvard University Press, 2004, paperback 2008) was awarded the Wiener Library's Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History.

His current research focuses on Soviet war propaganda and on sites of Nazi and Soviet mass murder in and near Kiev.

• 11:15 am Holodomor: Facts and Interpretations

Ettore Cinnella, University of Pisa, has only provided a dry and essential profile, so I take the initiative and responsibility of introducing him as one of the best Western European scholars on the ex USSR, Russia and Ukraine. He teaches at the university of Pisa and has written, among others, huge studies on 1905 and 1917 and shorter ones on Nestor Makhno and the Anarchist movement in Ukraine. Together with Prof. Federigo Argentieri, he edited Robert Conquest's Harvest of Sorrow Italian edition, which had been translated in 1987 but was only published in 2004, and to which he contributed a remarkable updating study, entitled "Il Golgota ucraino".

• 12:00 am Gareth Jones: a Forgotten Hero?

Nigel Linsan Colley, a UK informational technology professional, came upon his family's legacy, when he visited his great aunt, the sister of Gareth Jones. There, he discovered material left by the young journalist, before his untimely death in 1935.
Nigel then helped his mother, Siriol Colley, a retired physician, form the material into a (2001) book; 'Gareth Jones: A Manchukuo Incident'; relating the final months of the young Welshman; who unbeknown at the time to the Colleys, was the first-named journalist to expose the Holodomor.
This led to contact with the Ukrainian Diaspora through a website, who recognised the significance of the information and led to further discoveries - including the probable involvement of the Soviets, in his great uncle's death.
Over the last 5-years, Nigel has dedicated his time and energy to telling the story around the world. Most recently, he has narrated his relative's articles, letters and diary notes left by Gareth Jones for Sergiy Bukovsky's new Holodomor Documentary; 'The Living'.

Afternoon session

• 4:00 pm Silence that Speaks Volumes. Holodomor in Ukrainian and Soviet Film

Yuri Shevchuk, Ph.D. in Germanic Languages, Kyiv State University, 1987.
Lecturer of Ukrainian Language and Culture Department of Slavic Languages and the Harriman Institute, Columbia University. The founding director of the Ukrainian Film Club of Columbia University. His forthcoming publication is the article "Linguistic Strategies of Imperial Appropriation" in the collective monograph "Ukraine on the Cultural Map of Europe", Sharp, April 2009. Currently works on history of early Ukrainian Cinema 1896-1920.

• 5:00 pm Screening of the film “The Living” directed by Serhii Bukovsky

Sergiy Bukovsky, film director  Born in 1960 in Bashkiriia, the autonomous republic of the former Soviet Union. That same year his parents, film director Anatoliy Bykovsky and actress Nina Antonova, moved to Kyiv, Ukraine. Bukovsky studied directing at the film department of the Karpenko-Karyi Kiev State Institute of Theatrical Arts and then worked at the Ukrainian documentary studio for more than 10 years. During his 25-year film career, Sergiy Bukovsky has made more than 50 documentary and fiction films. For the 9-part documentary series “War: The Ukrainian Account” (2003), Sergiy Bukovsky was awarded The National Taras Shevchenko Prize of Ukraine (2004). One of the latest films directed by Sergiy Bukovsky was also a success – a documentary about the Holocaust in Ukraine entitled “Spell Your Name”. Bukovsky has been recognized as a National artist of Ukraine since 2008. Film “The Living” (2008) tells about Great Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33.

Victoria Bondar, Screenwriter, producer, was Bondar born in Ukraine. She graduated from the school of journalism of State Taras Shevchenko University. Since 1973 she has worked as journalist, editor, and TV hostess in the Central Editorial office of film programs of State TV&Radio Committee. In 1987-1993 she hold the position of Editor in Chief at the “Ukrkinohronika” studio. Bondar was also the screenwriter of the documentaries “The Hyphen” (director Sergiy Bukovsky), “Steps of Democracy” (director Georgiy Shkliarevsky), “Portrait. Landscape. Still Life” (director Sergiy Bukovsky) and other award-winning films.


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