Dear visitors of our site!
Kharkov Oblast State Archive (below KOSA) had started working on revelation of the documents about golodomor of 1932 – 1933 in Kharkov region already in the beginning of 1990s under the resolution of the Central Committee of Communist Party of Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic from January 26, 1990 “About famine of 1932 – 1933 in Ukraine and publication of related archival documents” and in the course of execution of corresponding task of Central Archive Board attached to Council of Ministers of Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.
Under the results of foregoing work revealed in KOSA documents were included in the first document collection on the subject “The famine of 1932 - 1933 in Ukraine: by sight of historians, by language of documents” (Kiev, 1990. – 605 p.)
From that time the subject of golodomor is still of current importance for researchers and students of local lore who become acquainted with the documents about tragic events of 1932 – 1933 in Kharkov region in archive reading room.
Some of the revealed documents were used in printed editions: “Black harvest. Famine of 1932 – 1933 in Valky and Kolomak districts of Kharkov region. Documents, recollections, obituaries” (Kiev, 1992), “Collectivization and famine in Ukraine, 1929 - 1933” (Kiev, 1997), “Capital of despair. Golodomor of 1932 – 1933 in Kharkov region from eye-witnesses lips. Evidences, comments” (Kharkov, 2006) and others.
The work on revelation of the documents about golodomor of 1932 – 1933 in Kharkov region became especially intense in the end of 2006 when in the course of execution of the President of Ukraine appeal on the creation of memorial funds list (which show information on the causes, course and consequences of golodomor of 1932 – 1933 in Ukraine) and also under corresponding decree of State Committee of Ukrainian Archives Kharkov Oblast State Archive had begun the work on such archival funds list.
The purpose of its creation is the most complete promulgation of information about the content of archival documents related to one of the most tragic pages of Ukrainian people history, which are kept in KOSA.
Chronological limits of the revealed documents cover 1930 – 1934 and illustrate origin, course and consequences of golodomor in Kharkov region.
Foregoing work is carried out by stages: archival funds are explored in accordance with the compiled list; for today 5 prepared indexes of revealed documents are proposed to researchers’ attention.
There are also 329 digitized documents on the site which are mentioned in the said indexes.
We should point out that Kharkov Oblast State Archive haven’t got the documents of 1930 – 1934 period in full; the greater part of the documental materials had been lost during the occupation of Kharkov and the most part of Kharkov oblast territory (1941 - 1943). That’s why there is no information about tragic events of golodomor of 1932 - 1933 on some districts of Kharkov oblast in the archive.
Some documents remained only in copies, part of them have illegible texts, bad paper quality. It is related to specific character of the documentation of this period.
The members of Kharkov Oblast State Archive continue the work on memorial funds list, newly revealed documents will be also added to the site.
You can acquaint yourself with the documents of our site in the archive’s reading rooms in the buildings of Kharkov Oblast State Archive:
Mironosytskaya street 41 and Moskovskiy avenue 7
tel. 715-72-99, 712-84-89
List № 1 of the documents about Golodomor of 1932 – 1933 in Ukraine revealed in Kharkov Oblast State Archive (for the end of December of 2006).
List № 2 of the documents about Golodomor of 1932 – 1933 in Ukraine revealed in Kharkov Oblast State Archive in January – April of 2007.
List № 3 of the documents about Golodomor of 1932 – 1933 in Ukraine revealed in Kharkov Oblast State Archive in May – July of 2007.
List № 4 of the documents about Golodomor of 1932 – 1933 in Ukraine revealed in Kharkov Oblast State Archive in September – November of 2007.
List № 5 of the documents about Golodomor of 1932 – 1933 in Ukraine revealed in Kharkov Oblast State Archive in January – March of 2008.