Famous Quotations
on the Ukrainian Genocide -The Holodomor

(Page 1) The quotations before you were statements made by participants, observers, researchers, victims of the Ukrainian Genocide. On the lines provided try to paraphrase - that is, restate the idea in your own words, what the person was trying to say about the seriousness of the situation in Ukraine. Identify the role of the individual making the statement (participant, observer, victim, researcher)

Identify the role of the individual making the statement (participant, observer, victim, researcher).

 

1. “Walter Duranty helped to turn the monster Stalin into a world figure and a hero of the leftist Western intelligentsia by defending the bloodbath of the Soviet Union from its critics in the now famous: “You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.”

Lance Morrow - journalist

2. “Farmers present by themselves the basic force of the national movement. Without farmers there can be no strong national movement. This is what we mean when we say that the national question, is actually, the farmers' question.”

Joseph Stalin

3. "I remain convinced that for Stalin to have complete centralized power in his hands, he found it necessary to physically destroy the second-largest Soviet republic, meaning the annihilation of the Ukrainian peasantry, Ukrainian intelligentsia, Ukrainian language, and history as understood by the people; to do away with Ukraine and things Ukrainian as such. The calculation was very simple, very primitive: no people, therefore, no separate country, and thus no problem. Such a policy is Genocide in the classic sense of the word."

James Mace
Holodomor Scholar

 

 

 

Famous Quotations
on the Ukrainian Genocide -The Holodomor

(Page 2) The quotations before you were statements made by participants, observers, researchers, victims of the Ukrainian Genocide. On the lines provided try to paraphrase - that is, restate the idea in your own words, what the person was trying to say about the seriousness of the situation in Ukraine. Identify the role of the individual making the statement (participant, observer, victim, researcher)

 

4. “The famine was brought about in Ukraine in order to reduce the number of Ukrainians, resettle in their place people from other parts of the USSR, and in this way kill all thought of independence. ”

Statement by Prokopenko, a party member government plenipotentiary, reported
by the OGPU 12 May 1934.

5 …(Our reporting) served Moscow’s purpose of smearing the facts out of recognition and declaring a situation which, had we reported simply and clearly, might have worked up enough public opinion abroad to force remedial measures. And every correspondent each in his own measure, was guilty of collaborating in this monstrous hoax on the world.”

Eugene Lyons – (Moscow United Press correspondent from 1928-1934)

6. “ The Terror-Famine of 1932-33 was a dual-purpose by product of collectivization, designed to suppress Ukrainian nationalism and the most important concentration of prosperous peasants at one throw.”

Norman Davies, Europe: A History, Oxford- New
York (1996)