Every year on the fourth Saturday in November, Ukraine dedicates a day to remember the millions of Ukrainians who perished on the Holodomor.
With the name of Holodomor (an expression that comes from the Ukrainian word “Голодомо́р”, which means “to kill by starvation”) the genocide perpetrated by the communist dictatorship of Stalin in Ukraine between 1932 and 1933 is known, a massacre that used hunger as weapon and that had between 3.9 and 6 million victims in that country. Although it is the best-known famine massacre in Soviet history, it was not the only one perpetrated by the USSR in the territories under its rule. Already during the Lenin dictatorship, between 3.9 million and 7.75 million Russians, Kazakhs and Tatars died from famines caused, for the most part, by the massive grain requisitions ordered by the Bolsheviks.
The uniqueness of the Ukrainian Holodomor is that with it Stalin set out to literally exterminate this people, on a scale that would only be surpassed a few years later by the Holocaust unleashed by the Nazis against Jews, Poles and other groups. Ukrainian Slavko Novytski was the author of the documentary “Harvest of Despair”, produced by the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentary Center in 1983 and released in 1985. The film received numerous awards, but today the Holodomor it remains a great unknown to the general public. You can see this documentary in English here:
Serve this entry in remembrance of all the victims of the Holodomor.
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