Society & Culture
Rhea Clyman is regarded as the first western journalist to expose the forced famine that killed millions of Ukrainians in the 1930s.
She is considered the first western journalist to expose the Soviet famine-genocide that killed millions of Ukrainians in the early 1930s. But although Rhea Clyman sent numerous accounts of Soviet and Nazi atrocities to North American newspapers as a foreign correspondent, she was soon largely forgotten.
That is, until four years ago, when Jars Balan, director of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta, began researching representations of Ukraine in the Canadian press between the first and second world wars.
Sifting through newspaper archives of the period, a researcher assisting him at the institute came across an article by Clyman describing the Holodomor—Soviet leader Joseph Stalin’s forced famine—in the Toronto Telegram. Balan had never heard of her.
Digging further, his team discove...