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Mr. Jones: Unmasking the cult of Stalin, Atlantic Council, June 22, 2020

In 1933, Welsh journalist Gareth Jones traveled to the Soviet Union to investigate rumors of events in Ukraine. What he uncovered was an immense man-made famine and one of the greatest crimes of the twentieth century—the Holodomor. Despite millions of deaths, Kremlin propagandists and other Soviet-friendly Western journalists downplayed and denied his reporting. Mr. Jones, a new movie directed by Agnieszka Holland, explores the incredible story of Jones’ struggle to expose the horrors occurring under Joseph Stalin at a time when Western reports were laudatory. The Holodomor stands out as one of the greatest tragedies of the Soviet regime, with Ukraine still fighting for its recognition and understanding of this dark chapter.

 

Agnieszka Holland, the director of Mr. Jones, and Andrea Chalupa, the writer of Mr. Jones, join Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, historian and author of Red Famine: Stalin’s war on Ukraine to discuss how this movie, and others like it, can serve as a vehicle for exploring and acknowledging histories that have long been downplayed, and the challenges faced by those working to shed light on inconvenient truths.

 

For further information, please visit: https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/event

Holodomor Survivors

This short film contains extracts of four Holodomor survivors recounting their life in Ukraine in the early 1930s when millions of Ukrainians were systematically starved to death by Joseph Stalin's Soviet regime. The full text of their recollections are published in "Grains of truth: A collection of UK materials on the Holodomor in Ukraine 1932-33".

Mr Jones, UK Trailer, 2020 staring James Norton and Vanessa Kirby

MR. JONES brings to the screen the extraordinary and powerful story of the real-life Welsh journalist who uncovered Stalin’s genocidal famine in Ukraine, which killed almost 10 million. 1933. Gareth Jones (James Norton, Happy Valley, McMafia) is an ambitious Welsh journalist who gained fame after his report on being the first foreign journalist to fly with Hitler. On leaving a government role, Jones decides to travel to Moscow in an attempt to get an interview with Stalin himself. Hearing murmurs of government-induced famine, Jones travels clandestinely to Ukraine, where he witnesses the atrocities of man-made starvation. Deported back to London, Jones publishes an article revealing the horrors he witnessed but is accused of being a liar by those who have an interest in silencing him. As the death count mounts, Jones has to fight for the truth…

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, Calgary, Alberta Holodomor Commemoration, November 23, 2019

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaking at the Holodomor Commemoration on November 23, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta. The event was organized by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Calgary Branch.

Hunger for Truth: The Rhea Clyman Story, movie trailer

In an age when disinformation muddles the truth, a new voice cuts through the historical haze. She is Rhea Clyman, a young Canadian reporter who traversed the starving Soviet heartland where Stalin's man made famine was just beginning. Clyman's newly discovered newspaper articles from 1932-33 show her remarkable resourcefulness and courage. After she was banashed from the USSR for writing about the Holodomor and the Gulag, this brave woman went to cover Hitler's early lethal years in power.

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Quiet biopic aims to boost our knowledge of journalist Gareth Jones by Chris Knight, National Post, July 3, 2020

Mendel Osherowitch's Account of Soviet Ukraine in 1932, Yiddish Book Center, July 2, 2020

Lubomyr Luciuk spoke with The Shmooze about the recent release of his edited volume How People Live in Soviet Russia: Impressions from a Journey. Newly translated from the Yiddish, the book chronicles journalist Mendel Osherowitch's account of his visit to Soviet Ukraine in 1932 at a time when millions of Ukrainians were dying of starvation in what historians have come to see as a direct result of Soviet policy. The book has been described as "one of the most penetrating and moving accounts of daily life in Ukraine during the famine."

How fake news helped hide Soviet genocide in Ukraine by Georgiy Kent, Atlantic Council, June 29, 2020

The Holodomor and ‘Mr. Jones’ by Maya Sobchuk, Kyiv Post, June 27, 2020

The film “Mr. Jones” follows Welsh journalist Gareth Jones, who first publicized under his own name the Holodomor, an artificial famine ordered by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and carried out in Ukraine in 1932-1933. At least 3.9 million Ukrainians starved to death during this genocide.

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ARCHIVAL DOCUMENTS

Gareth Vaughan Jones Papers, The National Library of Wales

 

The Foreign Office and the famine: British documents on Ukraine and the Great Famine of 1932-1933, Carynnyk, Limestone Press, 1988

 

Investigation of the Ukrainian Famine, Report to Congress, Commission on the Ukraine Famine, April 19, 1988

 

Share the Story: Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Holodomor, Interviews with Holodomor Survivors

The Ukrainian Famine-Genocide 1932-33 - the Holodomor - was a deliberate act to eliminate a nation. On these pages, Holodomor survivors tell their stories. They share their experiences during that horrific time in history with the hope of bringing us closer to understanding this often forgotten atrocity. They share their experiences with the hope that they are contributing to a better world. Join us in sharing the story of the Holodomor.

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