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Quotes About the 1933 Famine-Genocide in Soviet-Occupied Ukraine

"Food is a weapon." 

        Maxim Litvinov - Soviet Commissar of Foreign Affairs 

"As many as 7 million Ukrainians were starved in Soviet Socialist dictator Joseph Stalin's artificial, forced famine in Ukraine in 1932 and 1933. This is approximately the total population of Manitoba, Newfoundland, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island." 

        Inky Mark, M. P. Dauphin - Swan River House of Commons 2 June 1998

Sir Winston Churchill to Joseph Stalin: 
"... Have the stresses of the war been as bad to you personally as carrying through the policy of the Collective Farms?" 

Stalin: 
"Oh, no, the Collective Farm policy was a terrible struggle... Ten million [he said, holding up his hands]. It was fearful. Four years it lasted. It was absolutely necessary..." 

        Winston Churchill, Memoirs of the Second World War. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1959 p. 633 

"...A famine that came about without drought and without war." 

        Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 

"This was the first instance of a peacetime genocide in history. It took the extraordinary form of an artificial famine deliberately created by the ruling powers. The savage combination of words for the designation of a crime - an artificial deliberately planned famine - is still incredible to many people throughout the world, but indicates the uniqueness of the tragedy of 1933, which is unparalleled, for a time of peace, in the number of victims it claimed.' 

        Wasyl Hryshko - Survivor The Ukrainian Holocaust, 1933 

"Moscow employed the famine as a political weapon against the Ukrainians in the years 1932-1933. The famine was in its entirety artificially induced and organized." 

        F. M. Pigido - (an economist who lived and worked in Ukraine during the Famine of 1932-1933) Investigation of Communist Takeover and Occupation of the Non-Russian Nations of the U.S.S.R p. 35

"I can't give an exact figure because no one was keeping count. All we knew was that people were dying in enormous numbers. " 

        Nikita Khrushchev, Khrushchev Remembers

"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 nationalist question is, actually, the farmers' question." 

        Joseph Stalin, Marxist and the National-Colonial Question

"Famine was quite deliberately employed as an instrument of national policy, as the last means of breaking the resistance of the peasantry to the new system where they are divorced from personal ownership of the land and obligated to work on the conditions which the state may demand from them... This famine may fairly be called political because it was not the result of any overwhelming natural catastrophe or such complete exhaustions of the country's resources in foreign and civil wars..."

William Henry Chamberlin - (Correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor), Russia's Iron Age p.82 

"... [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 to 1934) Assignment in Utopia pp. 572-573 

"... On one side, millions of starving peasants, their bodies often swollen from lack of food; on the other, soldiers, members of the GPU carrying out the instructions of the dictatorship of the proletariat. They had gone over the country like a swarm of locusts and taken away everything edible; they had shot or exiled thousands of peasants, sometimes whole villages; they had reduced some of the most fertile land in the world to a melancholy desert." 

        Malcolm Muggeridge - British foreign correspondent, "War on the Peasants", Fortnightly Review, 1 May, 1933 

" I saw ravages of the famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine - hordes of families in rags begging at the railway stations, the women lifting up to the compartment windows their starving brats, which, with drumstick limbs, big cadaverous heads and puffed bellies, looked like embryos out of alcohol bottles." 

        Arthur Koestler, The God That Failed p. 68 

"The child of a Ukrainian kulak deliberately starved to death by the Stalinist regime is worth no less than a Jewish child in the Warsaw ghetto starved to death by the Nazi regime." 

        Courtois, Stéphane. Le livre noir du communisme: Crimes, terreur et répression

"And the peasant children! Have you ever seen the newspaper photographs of the children in the German camps? They were just like that, their heads like heavy balls on thin little necks, like storks, and one could see each bone of their arms and legs protruding from beneath the skin, how bones joined, and the entire skeleton was stretched over with skin that was like yellow gauze. And the children's faces were aged, tormented, just as if they were seventy years old. And by the spring they no longer had faces at all. Instead, they had bird-like heads with beaks, or frog heads - thin, wide lips - some of them resembled fish, mouths open. Not human faces!" 

        Vasily Grossman Forever Flowing pp. 156- 157 

"Anger lashed my mind as I drove back to the village. Butter sent abroad in the midst of the famine! In London, Berlin, Paris I could see ... people eating butter stamped with a Soviet trade mark. Driving through the fields, I did not hear the lovely Ukrainian songs so dear to my heart. These people have forgotten how to sing! I could only hear the groans of the dying, and the lip-smacking of the fat foreigners enjoying our butter..." 

        Victor Kravchenko - Former Soviet trade official and defector, I Chose Freedom 

" Huge events like the Ukraine famine of 1933, involving the deaths of millions of people, have actually escaped the attention of the majority of English russophiles." 

        George Orwell - Commenting on the British attitude towards the Russians 

"Yet it is well to remember, as Robert Conquest's powerful book obliges us to do, that the forced collectivization of agriculture decreed by the Soviet master and his party likely cost the lives of more people than perished in all countries as a result of the First World War." 

        Prof. Michael Marrus - Review of Robert Conquest's The Harvest of Sorrow : Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine. Globe and Mail December 20, 1986 

"Almost single-handedly did Duranty aid and abet one of the world's most prolific mass murderers, knowing all the while that was going on but refraining from saying precisely what he knew to be true. He had swallowed the ends-justifies-the-means-argument hook, line and sinker. When Stalin's atrocities were brought to light, Duranty loved to repeat ‘you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.' Those few "eggs" were the heads of men, women and children, and those "few" were merely tens of millions." 
        Mark Y. Herring - Review of S. J. Taylor's Stalin's Apologist: Walter Duranty, the New York Times Man in Moscow, "Contra Mundum" No. 15



"Imagine the Titanic sinking every day for thirteen years! Such were the losses from the 1933 Famine Genocide in Soviet Ukraine." [based on the minimum seven million.]
Melanie Bobrowski interviewed on CITY TV, Toronto, Oct. 4, 1998

 

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