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Remember the Holodomor

Posted by on Mar. 4, 2014 at 3:44 AM
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"holod" is the Ukrainian word for "hunger".

"mor" is the Ukrainian word for "plague".

"holodomor" means "to starve to death"

The capitalised word "Holodomor" refers to one specific event. 


In 1932, Russia (under Stalin) reacted to a shortage of food in the Ukraine with a series of policies intended to wipe out a large fraction of the Ukraine's population.   These policies included:


  • preventing any outside aid from reaching the population
  • confiscation of all household foodstuffs
  • preventing anyone leaving the worst hit areas


As a result, more than 5 million Ukrainians starved to death, while well fed Russians soldiers looked on.

The bodies on the street became so common, people just walked past them:


We should remember it.    The Ukrainians certainly still do:

by on Mar. 4, 2014 at 3:44 AM
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Goodwoman614
by Satan on Mar. 4, 2014 at 3:56 AM

BUMP!

SallyMJ
by Bronze Member on Mar. 4, 2014 at 5:31 AM

And American journalist Walter Duranty won a Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles lauding the Communism of the Soviet Union, while Russia was starving millions in Ukraine. 

Good post.

I thought maybe it was about a dinosaur!

romalove
by Roma on Mar. 4, 2014 at 6:52 AM
Read "Forever Flowing" by Vassily Grossman. I had nightmares.
UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Mar. 4, 2014 at 7:19 AM
Bump.
survivorinohio
by René on Mar. 4, 2014 at 7:45 AM

BUMP!

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Mar. 4, 2014 at 8:03 AM
How have I never heard of this? I feel like a freshman. Off to learn...
VooDooB
by weird cheese on Mar. 4, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Thanks for posting.

krysstizzle
by on Mar. 4, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Same here. I try to think of it as exciting rather than something lacking in myself when things pop up I didn't know about :)

Quoting LauraKW: How have I never heard of this? I feel like a freshman. Off to learn...


AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Mar. 5, 2014 at 4:28 AM
He was as crazy as Mao. They both had long term goals squeezed into short time periods and the all.of the dead are fewer mouths to feed and fewer to later rebel.
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