Holodomor (Ukrainian: Голодомо́р) means the Great Famine.
At the entrance to the Kiev Memorial Park there is a sculpture of a very thin girl with an extremely sad look holding several classes of wheat in her hands. Behind her back is the Candle of Remembrance, a monument with details reminiscent of authentic embroidery that can be found on traditional Ukrainian costumes. This is a monument that marks the historical event known as Holodomor (Hladomor). But what is Holodomor and what crime does this monument even symbolize?
At the end of World War One Ukraine was an independent state, but it was governed by the Soviet Union in 1919 “sucked” into the community of Soviet states. Ukrainians, who then considered themselves a Central European nation like Poland, not an Eastern European like the Russians, were trying to restore Ukraine’s independence.
Not wanting to lose control of Europe’s main source of grain, Stalin in 1932 resorted to one of the most heinous forms of terror against any nation. In the process of nationalization, he took the grainy land from Ukrainian peasants, and all its yields, creating an artificial hunger. The goal was to “teach Ukrainians” so that they would no longer oppose official Moscow. Thus, the nation that produced the most wheat in Europe was left without a crumb of bread. The peak of the Holodomor was in the spring of 1933. In Ukraine, 17 people starved to death every minute, over 1000 every hour, and almost 24500 every day! People were literally starving to death on the streets.
In the emptied Ukrainian villages Stalin settled Russian populations. During the next census, there was a large population shortage. Therefore, the Soviet government abolished the census, destroyed the census documentation, and the census takers were shot or sent to the gulags, to completely hide the truth.
It was Holodomor during 1932-1933 when hunger killed between seven and ten million people, more than Jews in World War II. Their toxic gas was hunger. Their Hitler was Stalin. Their holocaust was Holodomor. For them fascist Berlin was Soviet Moscow, and their concentration camp was the Soviet Union.
Today, at least 28 countries of the world classify the Holodomor as a genocide, and you could not teach about it in school because almost all evidence has been destroyed, and the victim was silenced for decades and had no say until recently.
The Holodomor may have temporarily broken the Ukrainian resistance, but it made the desire for Ukraine’s independence from Russia eternal.
Charles Curtis Rone, Nick Amor, Dave Gallaher – thanks for sharing