Remembering Holodomor

This is a documentary production by Radio Quebec back in 1983 that discusses the forced Famine Genocide in Ukraine by Stalin and his henchmen:



Gareth Jones


Another Word for “Holocaust”
“Last week saw commemorations of the 75th anniversary of Germany’s Kristallnacht and the 80th anniversary of the Ukrainian Holodomor. Judging from Western news coverage, Kristallnacht wins by a landslide.

On Google News, results for the words “Kristallnacht” and “Holocaust” outnumbered mentions of “Holodomor” at a clip of nearly 80-1. On a general Google search, “Holocaust” outpaces “Holodomor” by a less feverish, yet still insane, pace of 40-1.

Estimates for the death tolls of the Holocaust and Holodomor range all over the place—usually correlated (surprise!) with how much ethnic and political sympathy the estimator has for the deceased—but a rough consensus is that the number of victims was roughly the same. . . .

It is generally agreed that Joseph Stalin viewed Ukrainian nationalism as an impediment to global communist ascendancy. Piece by piece, the Soviets attempted to smash Ukrainian identity into the dirt. There was a purge of poets and intellectuals. Then came the decimation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Then came the demonization and divestiture of middle-class farmers, AKA “kulaks.” And then pretty much every lowly farmer in the Ukraine, breadbasket of Eastern Europe, was rendered an unpaid serf during forcible agricultural collectivization. In a manner that can only be deemed punitive, Soviet forces seized Ukrainian harvests and exported them to be consumed in Russia and sold on Western markets. The Ukraine was effectively cordoned off and international charity organizations were turned away at the border, leaving Ukrainians trapped in barren fields of death while the world feasted on their labor.

At the height of the Ukrainian famine of 1932-33, an estimated 25,000-30,000 peasants, at least 80% of them ethnic Ukrainians, were starving to death daily. The images and film footage is creepily reminiscent of the bony unfortunates rotting away in subsequent German concentration camps during the Holocaust. Decades later this Soviet act of forcible starvation was dubbed the “Holodomor,” which roughly translates as ‘murder by hunger.'”