Defying Death

Women's Experience of the Holodomor, 1932–1933

in Aspasia
Author: Oksana Kis 1
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  • 1 National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine kis@ucu.edu.ua
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Although the tragedy of the Holodomor (the Great Famine) of 1932 and 1933 figures prominently in public discourse and historical scholarship in Ukraine today, its gender dimension has not yet been examined. This article is based on an analysis of personal narratives of female survivors of the Holodomor, collected and published in Ukraine since the 1990s until now. It focuses on the peculiarities of women's experience of the Holodomor and explores women's strategies of resistance and survival in the harsh circumstances of genocide. It exposes a spectrum of women's agency at the grassroots and illuminates controversies around women's ways of coping with starvation. The article also discusses the methodological challenges and ethical issues faced by a Ukrainian female scholar studying women's experiences of famine.

Aspasia

The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women's and Gender History

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