History Department
History Department

IHS Talk: "On Stalinist Denial of the Holodomor," by Charters Wynn, University of Texas at Austin (“Notwithstanding the Evidence: Historians on Denialism” Series)

Wed, November 15, 2017 | GAR 1.102

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Soviet Union denied a mass famine occurred in 1932-1933, even though six to eight million people died due to the famine and associated hunger and disease.  The famine, a result of Stalin’s program of forced collectivization, was one of the most successful historical coverups in history.  The influential New York Times correspondent Walter Duranty, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Soviet Union, played a key role in the coverup.  Even though he knew about the famine, Duranty attacked any fellow Western correspondents who reported on it.

Charters Wynn, who received his Ph.D. from Stanford University, is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Frank Denius Normandy Scholar Program.  He has been awarded numerous teaching awards, including The President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award.  The American Historical Association awarded Professor Wynn’s book, Workers, Strikes, and Pogroms, the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize for the best first book in European history.  Professor Wynn is working on a biography entitled, “The Moderate Bolshevik: Mikhail Tomsky from the Factory to the Kremlin.” He is an IHS Fellow in 2017-2018.

Dr. Wynn’s research has been featured on Not Even Past, including interviews and original essays on Order No. 227: Stalinist Methods and Victory on the Eastern Front; Lend-Lease; Election Fraud! Read All About It!; The Normandy Scholar Program on World War II; and Digital Teaching: The Stalinist Purges on Video.

Read more about Dr. Wynn and his work at:

No pre-circulated reading. To RSVP to attend, please email cmeador@austin.utexas.edu

“Notwithstanding the Evidence: Historians on Denialism” is a lecture series that aims to elucidate how denialist movements have worked – psychologically, rhetorically, sociologically - and to frame denialism in historical perspective. Read more about this series.

Sponsored by: Center for European Studies; Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies; Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History

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