Out of all atrocities conducted by the Communists Ukrainian Holodomor was probably the most outrageous. The word itself means killing by starving, and that’s exactly what it was, a man made famine which was aimed at the extermination of the entire nation.
The situation for such famine was ripening in Russia since the Revolution in 1917, there was a great famine of 1928-29 during which Ukraine had to carry the hardest burden, From 1917 onward in Ukraine as well as in Russia Kulaks, the farmers who had better income than others had been systematically arrested, displaced to Siberia, and more often just sentenced to death. In order to tame the rich, agricultural country quickly and efficiently the easiest way was found – man made famine, Holodomor.
Various sources state various numbers of Holodomor victims, from 6 to 10 million people. The crops and the cattle was taken away from the farmers, those who were suspected in hiding them, were tortured to death. The farmers were not allowed to travel to the cities, in search of job, if they were caught in the city they were immediately sentenced to death. The trains stopped moving so there was nowhere to go. The prisons were overcrowded with peasants and their families, including children.
At that time lots of homeless children appeared in the streets of the cities, the peasants from the nearby villages would bring their children and leave them there hoping that someone would somehow take care of them, they were kids after all. Back home they would die for sure. But soon special services were created, which would gather those kids in the streets and send them to a special holding camps. In those camps the inhabitants were divided into two groups, those who would live a little longer and those who were already swelling because of hunger. The latter would be taken outside the city and would be left there in the open mass graves, on the mountains of the corpses to die. The “healthier” groups would be crammed into the prisons. The prison inmates were not fed either so the prison was just a waiting place. Every few days the guards would clear out the corpses and send them to the same open mass graves.
The witnesses of Holodomor were telling the grueling stories about cannibalism. People were eating earth and roots of the trees, but the patrolling troops in the villages would shoot anyone who was chewing anything.
The country was isolated so Ukrainians could not pass the border. There was no way out but death. I would imagine that after two years of this horror death was very much welcomed.
The purpose of the famine was to teach the lesson and the lesson was well learned indeed. Collectivization happened, land was taken away by the state. And the victory in the war against Kulaks was declared.
Northern Caucasus and Kazakhstan also suffered from Holodomor. The State forced the nomadic tribes settle down in Kazakhstan and took away their cattle, which was an instant death sentence to over one million people.
Every evil Communists have ever committed, it was always presented to people as something that was really good for them and their bright future. I am sure that even then in 1933, when people were brainwashed extensively on a regular basis, not too many people believed in this, so the war was declared to those who appeared to be doubtful of such measures, this war against the enemies of the people reached its peak in 1937 and continued until Stalin’s death in 1956.
The masters of propaganda were able to conceal the Holodomor horror from the west. Some westerners living in Russia, such as embassy representatives were sending their reports describing the situation to their countries, but these materials were never revealed until 21st century. Hitler was already at the power and the world could already see the coming danger, so to be allies with Russia was beneficial for everybody.
Then the war started and the Holodomor was forgotten by the Soviet Union and by the rest of the world. Well, Ukrainians surely remember it, and they should, they should pass it on to the future generation and remember the innocent victims forever. That’s what a nation with the self-respect does.