Lesson plan on Lemkin:
- Teachers should discuss the UN Convention of Genocide with students by showing excerpts of the document.
- Teachers should discuss Raphael Lemkin’s contribution to the concept of genocide.
- Students then read the excerpts from “Soviet Genocide in Ukraine”.
In groups or individually have students consider the following questions:
- What reason does Lemkin give for the Soviet attack on the Ukrainian population?
- What is meant by “Russification”? What are its implications?
- How, according to Lemkin, did the Soviets plan to destroy the Ukrainian nation?
- List the 4 steps by which this was done. How was each carried out?
- According to Lemkin, why was it necessary to destroy a large number of Ukrainian farmers?
- How did the Soviets plan and carry out the famine in Ukraine?
- How does the Ukrainian genocide differ from the attack on the Jews during the Second World War?
- What evidence has Lemkin presented that this was indeed an attempt to destroy a culture and a nation?
- What are your feelings about Lemkin’s ideas on the “Soviet Genocide in Ukraine”