Holodomor website: a brief history
The Website has been in existence since 2007, when webmistress Natasha (Natalka) Sazonova and the newly formed Connecticut Holodomor Awareness Committee initiated the project to showcase the Committee’s work and to bring a basic awareness of the Holodomor to the community. The Committee is an unaffiliated, non-profit organization.
Today, the website’s primary objective is to serve as a trusted, regularly updated source world-wide for authoritative and educationally sound English language materials about the Holodomor.
The website was featured in “Teachers’ Resources,” The Social Studies Professional: newsletter of the National Council on the Social Studies. (Jan/Feb 2015).
The team consists of volunteers Lana Babij, who selects, evaluates, and manages the information resources – often in consultation with scholars and educators throughout North America; and Natasha Sazonova, the website developer, designer, and webmistress.
Lana Babij, (BA, MLS) is a retired professional librarian who spent many years providing academic access and reference services at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.
Over the last ten years she has engaged in numerous projects related to Holodomor awareness: curated exhibits, co-authored 2 editions of a Holodomor lesson unit and co-presented teaching clinics at the Northeast Regional Conference for the Social Studies; attended and reported on the 2 week University of Manitoba Institute of Social Justice seminar; was an invited conference speaker on Holodomor education in the US, and is currently working on a project on the topic of authentic photographs from the Holodomor years, with the support of a grant from the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium.
Natasha Sazonova is a professional artist and illustrator. She holds a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s Certificate in Graphic Design from Sessions School of Art & Design. So far Ms. Sazonova had participated in over fifty Fine Art exhibits in galleries and museums throughout the United States, and created work for clients from every continent except for Antarctica.
Over the years, she took part in a number of public art events, with several world-famous Cow Parades among them. Her artwork was featured on the covers of both local and national magazines, with her piece dedicated to the Holodomor entitled “Descended from the survivors of the forgotten genocide” featured on the cover of “UNWLA Our Life”, a national magazine for the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America.